A woman is facing felony assault charges after attacking a mother onboard a Spirit Airlines flight after she failed to stop her two children from kicking the woman’s seat.
Passenger Attacks Mother For Failing To Stop Children From Kicking Seat On Spirit Airlines
Daydrena Jaslin Walker-Williams had had enough. The 29-year-old had endured constant kicking from a three-year-old and seven-year-old on her flight from Las Vegas to Portland, Spirit 765, on Sunday.
She had asked Nataly Hernandez to constrain her children, and Hernandez refused.
When the plane landed, passengers stood up to gather their belongings from the overhead bins. Walker-Williams pulled her bag down, then attacked Hernandez, striking her several times. Hernandez was left with a bleeding lip and lumps on her head.
Numerous passengers onboard witnessed the incident and and Walker-Williams herself admitted to police she punched her “2 to 3 times in the face with her fist.” She also claimed that Hernandez hit her shoulder first, something no one else onboard witnessed.
Why didn’t Walker-Williams tell a flight attendant what was going on? When asked, she said, “My first reaction was to fight,” and also added, “You do what you got to do.”
Walker-Williams now faces felony assault in the fourth degree and harassment charges.
I Don’t Blame Her For Being Angry…
There is simply no justification for violence in this context and Walker-Williams should be held accountable for her actions. Period.
Nevertheless, I can certainly understand her anger.
Can you imagine if two brats were kicking your seat and their deadbeat mother did nothing to stop it?
However, Walker-Williams should have alerted flight attendants immediately. At the very least, she could have “accidentally” spilled her beverage on the children…
In all seriousness, I don’t blame Walker-Willams for being angry. But her response was simply disproportionate to the offense.
This was on a quick flight from Las Vegas to Portland. Can you imagine if it had been a transcontinental flight? Walker-Williams should be held accountable for her unjustified assault. But I do understand her anger.
How do you handle it when a child kicks your seat?
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