Broward Mom, Teen Charged After Puppy-Slamming Attack

FT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – An Oakland Park wedding planner is out on bond after she allegedly helped her teenaged daughter attack another teen with a baseball bat, stab her with a knife, and for good measure, allegedly slam the victim’s 8 week old puppy to the ground.

46-year-old Naomie Jeanite of Oakland Park and her 17-year-old daughter, Veronica Valeur, were both charged with aggravated battery, and the teen was also charged with animal cruelty for her role in the attack.

Jeanite was released on $25 thousand bond, and told to stay away from weapons and the teen she allegedly attacked, who is one of her neighbors.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the attack was the latest incident in an ongoing argument between the two neighboring families that escalated Tuesday.

Deputies were called to the Oakland Park neighborhood, and when they arrived, saw Jeanite wielding a bat against a group of 4 teens, including their 15-year-old neighbor, Jobenia Kirksey.

Deputies said Kirksey claimed Jeanine hit her in the stomach with the red metal bat, and then Valeur stabbed her two times with a knife, once in each arm.

“They say she was defending her child, but I think that was a crazy move,” said Jobeina’s sister, Felicia Haines. “She said my sister hit her with a bat, that is not true.”

Watching the whole thing was Kirksey’s 8-week-old puppy. BSO said Valeur picked the dog up, and then, slammed it to the ground.

Kirksey told investigators the attack started after Jeanite pulled up to her home as she walked with three relatives, and made an obscene gesture in her direction. Then, Kirksey said, Jeanite went into her apartment and came back with the bat and her daughter.

The arrest form said Jeanite admitted she armed herself with the bat and confronted the teens when she saw them hitting her van, and while she admitted her daughter did attack Kirksey with a knife, she denied hitting the girl with a bat.

Kirksey was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and BSO said the bulldog was not hurt.

Jeanite’s brother paid for her bond and said that it was actually the 15-year-old who was stabbed and three other people with her who were the aggressors. He said one had a baseball bat, one had a stick, and when he niece saw that, she ran for a knife.

Valeur remains in juvenile detention as of Thursday evening.

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