Merced County sheriff's deputies arrested a Dos Palos man suspected of throwing a bucket of water on his 52-year-old mother during an argument Monday night at their home, a department spokesman said.
Jonathan Survera, 26, was arrested on suspicion of battery, said sheriff's deputy Tom MacKenzie. Survera was being held Tuesday at the Merced County Jail, and his bail was set at $7,000.
MacKenzie said the argument began earlier in the day when Survera discovered his mother had called her male friends Sunday night and asked them to beat her son.
She told deputies she didn't like the way her son treated her or his grandmother, so that's why she called her friends. MacKenzie said it was unclear to sheriff's officials whether the mother's friends ever assaulted Survera. There were no reports of an assault Sunday night in the Dos Palos area.
During the argument Monday, the mother threatened to call police and have Survera arrested after she claimed he spit on her. Survera then yanked the phone cord out of the wall and left the house, MacKenzie said.
Survera returned about four hours later, and his mother began yelling at him about damaging the phone cord. Survera went to a shed behind the home, and his mother followed him outside. When Survera got inside the shed, he grabbed the bucket and threw the water on his mother, MacKenzie said.
She went inside the house, connected the phone with a spare cord and called sheriff's officials about 7 p.m. to report the fight.
Deputy Roberto Torres responded to the home in the 20000 block of South Elgin Avenue in Dos Palos and took Survera into custody.