An East Tennessee woman who used a baseball bat to fight off a would-be robber said she would have done anything to protect her daughter.
Kingsport Police said Joe Sotello tried to break into Lisa Morelock's home over the weekend.
But the 52-year-old woman refused to back down, despite being nearly a foot shorter than Sotello.
Morelock's daughter and her friend were also inside at the time of the failed home invasion. Sotello barely made it inside before Morelock and the teens used a baseball bat to fight him off.
She explained to WCYB that it was all to protect her family.
"If I had to lay down in front of a bus and die for her I would. She's my only child, but I did what I think every other parent would do," Morelock said.
Sotello was eventually able to run away, but then showed up at a home belonging to one of the victim's relatives. He got into a fight there too and the relative detained Sotello until police arrived.
He has been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
Police said that Sotello confessed to the crime, stating that he “had been going through some hard times.” He is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $35,000 bond.
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