A Georgia couple has pleaded guilty to beating a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter after they complained of being sold cold fried chicken.
Nathaniel Smith, 45, and Latasha Smith, 28, entered guilty pleas on Friday to charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children, according to The Florida Times-Union.
Surveillance captured Latasha beating Jeanette Norris, the owner of the Qwik Chick, in Baxley, on June 22 because the couple claimed their food was cold and they didn’t have enough fries.
When Norris’s 15-year-old daughter got out of a vehicle to help her mother, Nathaniel is seen punching her in the face, sending her flying backwards.
Norris suffered a broken nose and her daughter was treated for a concussion.
Norris told police she had refunded the couple’s money after Latasha complained about their food order.
But Latasha remained agitated and started beating on the store’s windows.
The owner said she went outside to tell them that she had called police and Latasha began hitting and slapping her.
Surveillance video then shows Nathaniel punching Norris’s 15-year-old daughter after she came over to help.
The girl was sent flying backwards before the couple fled.
Norris and her daughter were both left with black eyes. The mother suffered a broken nose and the girl had a concussion.
Chief James Godfrey of the Baxley Police Department said he hadn’t seen anything like this in his 41 years on the force.
‘That’s just pure brutality,’ he told WTOC.
Police released the surveillance video and were inundated with tips, which led to the department identifying the suspects.
The couple turned themselves in on the morning of July 5. Superior Court Judge Robert Guy accepted the Smiths’ guilty pleas and will sentence them at a later date.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Mary Kekatos, Emily Crane