Children Charged in Attack on Lesbian in Missouri
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Three children from the same family are in juvenile custody after allegedly attacking a Missouri woman, and the victim believes she was targeted because she is gay.
The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/QoSkT6 ) reports that Jeana Terry, 41, and her partner Lisa Lange were inside their home July 24 when a 16-year-old girl who lives nearby allegedly began shouting anti-gay slurs. The girl then allegedly gathered her 13-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother, went to Terry’s porch and pulled her outside when she came to the door, according to authorities.
"Once I was down, it was pure chaos," Terry said, describing being repeatedly kicked and hit.
Lange called 911, then ran out to help free Terry from the fight.
"They were kicking, stomping and beating the hell out of her," neighbor Mima Poole said.
Terry said she may need eye surgery and still suffers from bruising, nausea and dizziness.
The children’s mother told the newspaper that Terry and Lange started the fight.