On February 22, 2017, Melva Lou Sellers called the Baxter County Sheriff's Office and told a dispatcher that a few hours earlier her son had attacked her with an ax. A deputy responded to the rural Mountain Home residence on Timberlane Road and took a report from Melva Lou Sellers. 
Melva Lou Sellers told the deputy her son became angry with her because he had been placed on probation for a different incident. Sellers said her son began cursing her and became increasingly angry and threw something that struck her shoulder. Sellers said she then went back to doing chores. Her son then grabbed a hatchet, held it up to her neck and told her he was going to kill her, according to what she told the deputy. 
Melva Lou Sellers' son was arrested on a felony charge for the alleged attack. In January 2018, however, Sellers told a different story. She stood up and told Circuit Court Judge Gordon Webb that she and her son had an "open door" policy for their home, allowing anyone to stay there. She said she was not sure of the identity of the individual who attacked her. 
Melva Lou Sellers was warned should she make such an admission she could be charged with a felony for filing a false report. She said she understood and told the judge she had been "untruthful" to the deputy who took the report. 
In fact, Melva Lou Sellers said she blamed her son in the hopes he would be arrested on a misdemeanor charge. That, she told the judge, would allow her to activate her plan to get rid of an "unwanted woman" who was staying at the home. However, due to the nature of the attack Sellers described, her son was charged with a felony. That case was dismissed when Sellers admitted in open court that she lied about the attack. 
Melva Lou Sellers was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay court fines and costs. She also spent 8 days in jail while awaiting trial.