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Mom arrested after fight at talent show

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Updated: 6/05/2013 11:33 pm
ST. CLOUD, Fla. (WFTV) -- A St. Cloud mother was choked and punched in the face by another mother during a children's talent show.
Latisha James was arrested over the weekend.

A call to 911 came just minutes after the mother said she was violently ambushed by another mom in the middle of her daughter and niece's talent show.

The victim told authorities the rage came out of nowhere.

"The lady came after me and grabbed me by the throat and hit me in the face," she said to a 911 operator.

"I walked up to the lady, I asked her just to kneel down for a second, just so I could get a picture of my niece, and she said, 'No, I ain't ------- sitting down,'" the woman said.

Ashley, who did not want to reveal her last name, said James was standing and blocking her view.

Ashley said she stepped in front of her to take a photo, and on her way back, accidentally bumped into James' small child and knocked her over.

"I just remember 'Push my kid again, push my kid again,'" Ashley said.

The victim's friends said that's when James exploded, choking her and hitting her face.

"I just remember the kids' horror in the face, babies sitting at the table," said a friend of Ashley's.

James took off before police arrived, but they eventually found her and arrested her.

James still seemed upset when Channel 9 stopped by her home Tuesday night.

"I'm not giving you a statement. I don't have to give you a statement. I'm about to call 911," James said Tuesday.

Those at the show can't believe it ended the way it did.

"It was a talent show for the kids, and all that rage took it off the kids and put it on her," said Ashley's friend.

The victim was not arrested, but said off-camera that she's been trespassed and won’t be able to go to her daughter’s 5th grade graduation.


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