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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio- The Olmsted Falls mayor's office was closed Friday afternoon because Mayor Ann Marie Donegan was in Berea Municipal Court fighting several charges.

The charges were filed after police were called to Donegan's home on Sunday. The relative called 911, saying the mayor's son called her crying and the mayor could be heard screaming at him in the background.

"After the investigation was reviewed by another prosecutor they decided to charge her with domestic violence, aggravated menacing and menacing," Lt. Larry Meluch said. The mayor pleaded innocent earlier this week.

Police said there was no physical altercation. Donegan's son is now staying with a family friend.

The mayor declined to discuss the case with us Friday afternoon. But the mayor's friends and supporters say the mayor is a good mother and these charges are trumped up by a police department that doesn't like her.

Olmsted Falls Councilwoman Linda Garrity, who supports Donegan, said the mayor takes good care of her son.

"I think there is some retaliation and I just regret that it involved an 11-year-old boy that is a happy kid that just wants to go to the baseball game," Garrity said.

Donegan and her attorney got permission from the judge Friday to allow her to go to a Pirates game with her son this weekend . The judge ruled a family friend must go with them. Donegan remains free on a personal bond.

Donegan is due back in court sometime next week. The police department said the mayor is being treated fairly and the same as anyone else.

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