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Mom gets a year in jail for getting involved in daughter’s fight on bus

Updated: September 29, 2011 12:32AM

Eighteen-year-old Jasmine Avant testified she thought it was “hilarious” when a girl on her school bus wanted to fight.

But the Gary high school student left the courtroom in tears after her mother, Tracey Childs, 40, was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for her role in the fight.

Police had said Childs, of 3624 Carolina St., punched 15-year-old Donisha Bowers during the fight and pulled her hair.

During testimony in Gary City Court this week, Childs admitted she boarded her daughter’s bus after her son called and told her Jasmine was fighting.

Childs said she separated the two, but the fight resumed anyway. She admitted she was “cursing and snapping out.” But she said she tried to break up the fight and was trying to get her daughter’s hands out of the Bowers hair, not assaulting the girl.

Avant said Bowers had confronted her the day before the fight.

“I was talking to this boy or whatever, blah, blah, blah,” she testified.

When the judge asked her what the “blah, blah” was, Avant replied, “I don’t know what she said, it was a long time ago.”

When Avant saw Bowers the next morning she asked the girl if she wanted to fight and they began to struggle. Videos taken by students showed Bowers on top of Avant fighting, Cpl. Jeff Tatum testified.

Avant said her mother did not assault Bowers.

“My mother wouldn’t hit a little girl. That’s retarded,” she said.

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