Mother encourages daughter to punch woman
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A mother is behind bars after she allegedly encouraged her 12-year-old daughter to strike a woman in the face and then steal her cell phone while at a local gas station.
According to witnesses, the victim pulled up to the Sunoco gas station at 831 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale on August 17, when 33-year-old Quacheena Juett yelled at the woman and demanded she pull up closer.
"It says that you upset that the victim did not pull up all the way to the furthest gas pump," Broward Circuit Court Judge John Hurley said. "It says you allegedly made a comment about it and the alleged victim told you, you needed to wait until she was done filling up her tank.
Both women then got into a verbal dispute where Juett allegedly told her 12-year-old daughter to "handle that," according to police reports. "It says you got upset and required your 12-year-old daughter to strike the victim in the face," Hurley said.
"That's not true!" Juett shouted, cutting Hurley off mid-sentence.
"It says you commanded and pursued the child to commit and perform an act of battery at the alleged victim at the gas pumps of this Sunoco," Hurley said.
"No, that's not true! That's not true!" Juett shouted.
"Ma'am, please don't make any comments," Hurley said.
As the victim walked back to her car to call police, Juett ran to the victim's car, opened the door and ran off with the woman's cell phone, said witnesses.
"You rummaged through and grabbed her iPhone and then ran out of the vehicle," Hurley said. "They were able to track the iPhone with the GPS back to your house."
The suspects then fled the area in an unknown direction.
According to police, Juett tried to pawn the iPhone, but a family friend said this is not who Juett is. "She's bipolar and schizophrenic," the family friend said. "She has a bipolar disorder but she's taking her meds, and when she's not on her meds, that's what makes her react on something like that. She's an absolutely, a grade-A mom, as for as I speak on my terms, on my behalf."
Juett was arrested Friday morning on seven different charges, including burglary with assault, contributing to delinquency, and resisting arrest without violence.
Juett remains in jail with no bond because she is being held on a probation violation on other charges. The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the case.
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