FL Mom Faces Felony Charges for Instigating a Fight with a Deadly Weapon between her 13 y/o Daughter and a 14 y/o Bully ~ Incident Caught on Video and Posted to Facebook.
Meet 33 y/o Tabitha Anne Bennett of Holiday, Florida. That’s her mug shot below…
This dopey mother was arrested for child abuse, assault and aggravated assault with a deadkly weapon for setting up a fight between her 13 y/o daughter and a 14 y/o girl. It is alleged that Tabitha drove her child to meet the other girl and then encouraged them to brawl. Two (2) bystanders recorded the fight on their cell phones as Tabitha “stood ringside”, shouting at her daughter to take swings at the older girl at the intersection pictured below in New Port Richey, Florida (you can watch the video footage here).
Mommy dearest is accused of first sending a Facebook message on April 12 to the older girl, who was alleged to have been bullying her daughter, and telling her that she was going to bring her daughter to the location to fight the girl. She then drove her daughter to the area and left the car holding a folding knife. While wielding the knife Tabitha encouraged her daughter to fight the girl, yelling such things at her as “Get on top of her” and “kick her a**”. Per the police report (which you can read here): “The 14-year-old victim advised she thought she was going to die when she saw the defendant with the knife… The defendant’s daughter was losing the fight at which time the defendant kicked the 14-year-old female on her upper left side and pulled her to the ground by her hair… Her teenage daughter then climbed on top of the girl and continued to fight her…”. The fight lasted about a minute and afterwards two (2) bystanders posted footage of the brawl to social media (again, you can watch the video footage here).
No one (except a bully) likes bullying, and bullying is bad, McKay….
But how freaking warped does one have to be to call out a child, set up a street fight involving one’s own child and then play the sidelines wielding a “folding knife” and acting like a WWE superstar in a “Lumberjack Match”?
This is one of those “seeing is believing” cases. I know that were I Tabitha’s defense lawyer I’d come up with some creative explanation for her “lapse” in judgment (i.e. that it was precipitated by acts of repeated violence against her defenseless daughter and was tragically capped off by some significant spark at a most inopportune time, like a death in the family, foreclosure, medical or psych condition… trust me, I’d find something to peddle) but still… the woman called out a kid, on Facebook, and then went Stone Cold on her at the intersection of “Moog Street and Colonial Hills Drive”, and left the car idling while she abetted, encouraged and even got a kick in, all while wielded a knife… That’s gonna be a hard sell even for a talented and creative defense lawyer (such as moi).
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