Suzette Penton has died per week after she stood as much as her son’s bullies, with Elijah Stansell, high proper, accused of driving the van that ran the mother over
A protecting ‘mama bear’ has died after she was deliberately run over by a bully who turned up at her dwelling with mates to assault her teenage son. Suzette Penton was left critically-ill after being run over outdoors her dwelling in Tampa, Florida, on November 9 by a van investigators say was pushed by Elijah Stansell, 18.
The librarian died final week, with information of her dying introduced on Monday. Stansell and three buddies, named as Raven Sutton, 16, Kimberly Stone, 15, and Hannah Eubank, 14, had turned up at Penton’s dwelling to confront her son about an ongoing romantic dispute.
Stansell is accused of attacking Penton’s son after he got here outdoors. The boy is claimed to have tried to run again indoors, just for Stansell and Sutton to observe him, courtroom papers say.
Penton then arrived dwelling, prompting the bullies to run away. The mom watched the gang get into their van, and was taking photographs of the car on her cellphone when Stansell allegedly intentionally drove at her and struck her, earlier than fleeing the scene.
Raven Sutton, left, Kimberly Stone, middle, and Hannah Eubank, proper, have additionally been charged over Penton’s dying (Footage: Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace)
A number of eyewitnesses and surveillance cameras on neighboring homes are mentioned to have confirmed what investigators say occurred.
Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace say there is no such thing as a manner Penton’s killing was unintended.
All 4 teenagers within the van had been initially charged with tried homicide, though these costs will nearly actually be upgraded within the wake of Penton’s dying.
Stansell was additionally charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a 15 year-old.
Talking earlier than Penton’s dying, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd mentioned: ‘This was a coordinated, deliberate assault, carried out by a gaggle of teenagers who beat up a teen then ran over his mom, leaving her for lifeless.
‘I can’t even fathom youngsters doing one thing so heinous. Our prayers are with this household.’
Penton’s former colleague Patricia Jackson mentioned her late buddy was a ‘mama bear’ who was fiercely protecting of her kids.
Talking to WFLA, Jackson added: ‘I can perceive her placing herself in hurt’s solution to defend her kids.’
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