A Pittsburgh mother who was charged after being accused of assaulting her 10-year-old daughter’s school teacher has admitted to the crime.
Local police say Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, revealed during questioning, ‘I ain’t gonna lie, I did it,’ when speaking of the fiery attack that took place at an intersection on the West End Bridge Wednesday.
Williams was arrested Thursday after she hurled a brick into the face of Janice Davis Watkins, 46, as form of revenge for her confiscating her child’s cell phone during class.
During the incident, the furious mother reportedly pulled Watkins out of her vehicle and beat her in the assault authorities described as ‘horrifying.’
Williams, a resident of Pittsburgh’s North Side, has been charged with aggravated assault and stalking.
Police are also searching for a man believed to have taken part in the physical attack alongside Williams.
Watkins is out of the hospital and recovering on Thursday, just hours after Williams physically took her anger out on her in the middle of the busy intersection.
The cell phone confiscation incident happened at Pittsburgh King PreK-8 School, where Williams’s daughter attends the fourth grade.
The young student also allegedly retaliated by biting the teacher, KDKA-TV reported.
The school district has a ‘no cell phone’ policy that forbids students from bringing them to school.
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Soon after learning of the event, Williams and another male who is believed to be the father came to the school and confronted Watkins. They allegedly threatened to ‘get even.’
When Watkins drove to a local clinic to get the bite wound examined, the parents followed her vehicle.
Pittsburgh Police say that at approximately 3:15pm, Watkins pulled up to the intersection of Route 65 and the West End Bridge.
Moments later, a black SUV pulled up beside her.
That’s when Williams threw a brick into Watkins’ face. Watkins was then allegedly beaten by two other men.
‘She said, ‘I put my window down and the woman threw a brick through my window,’ and hit her in her face,’ said Betty Davis, Watkins’ mother.
‘And that’s when she said, ‘I told you I would get you,’ and [Watkins] said, ‘I didn’t realize it was two other people,’ but she said she felt something hit her in the back and it was two men.’
‘As soon as she hit the red lights, they got out,’ Gerald Watkins, the victim’s son, said.
‘They threw a brick through her car. They pulled her out and assaulted her.’
Immediately after the assault, the perpetrators took off.
Watkins, heavily bleeding and dazed from the attack, dialed 911 immediately afterward.
She was treated in a local hospital for a lost tooth and facial injuries.
Williams said that she assaulted Watkins because she learned that the teacher allegedly choked her daughter.
‘If somebody put their hands on your child, what would you do?’ Williams told WPXI-TV.
‘I didn’t technically follow her out the school. I waited for her to pull out and I followed her to the stop light.’
‘I’m not denying that my daughter bit her, but my daughter would never attack someone unless she felt threatened,’ Williams said.
She said that she planned to turn herself in to police.
‘I regret the way I went about the situation, but as a mother, you’re not going to put your hands around my child’s neck,’ Williams said.
Watkins’ son was outraged by the attack.
‘It’s just ridiculous and it’s horrible,’ said Gerald Watkins.
‘That’s the way they teach their children to solve differences.
‘There’s 102 ways that you can deal with this situation and violence is not one of them.’
STATEMENT FROM PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
‘We are deeply troubled by the violent act against a teacher of the Pittsburgh Public Schools that occurred on the West End Bridge yesterday afternoon, and we are currently cooperating with the City of Pittsburgh Police Department’s investigation.
‘Violence of any kind against a PPS staff member or citizen is unacceptable, and the individuals responsible must be held accountable for such horrifying behavior.
‘We know the individuals involved in yesterday’s incident do not represent the many great parents and families who choose the Pittsburgh Public Schools for the education of their children, and we look to our families to continue to support and work collaboratively with our teachers and staff.
‘Our thoughts are with the teacher who was injured in yesterday’s incident, and we wish her a full and speedy recovery.
As the incident is the subject of an active City Police investigation, no further comment will be provided by the District at this time.’