California Mother Charged After Encouraging Daughter to Sucker Punch Opponent During School Basketball Game

Latyra Shonty Hunt (right) was caught on cell phone video yelling ‘you better hit her for that’ before her daughter attacked her opponent, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said

A California woman has been charged after she was caught on camera encouraging her 14-year-old daughter to sucker-punch a 15-year-old rival during a school basketball game last month.

Latyra Shonty Hunt, 44, can be seen on cell phone video recorded at a game last month yelling ‘you better hit her for that’ before her daughter attacks her opponent, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said Thursday.

The blow crumpled 15-year-old victim Lauryn Ham ‘to the floor like a rag doll,’ Spitzer said. The girl suffered a concussion, according to her family’s lawyer.

Hunt is charged with two misdemeanors – contributing to the delinquency of a minor and battery – and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Alice Ham (right) said in November that she believed the other player would have never attacked her 15-year-old daughter Lauryn (left), had Hunt not provoked her daughter to do so

She shares her daughter with her ex, former NBA player Corey Benjamin, 43, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Hunt and her daughter, who isn’t being named because she’s a minor, have also since been banned from the Map Sports Facility in Garden Grove, south of Los Angeles, where the attack took place in November.

In the video, posted by Lauryn’s mom, Alice Ham, both girls walk down the court before the 14-year-old girl attacker catches Lauryn by surprise after faking an injury while standing close to her.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrea Blanco and Alastair Talbot

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