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Couple suspected of attacking teen

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By David Giuliani

A couple has been accused of attacking their daughter’s former best friend, state police said.

Brenda Parks, 41, of Sapello, was charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony.

Her husband, Raymond Parks, 43, also of Sapello, will face a misdemeanor charge of battery, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

The alleged victim was a 17-year-old girl, who was at a Fourth of July party in the Sapello area where the couple was.

In the early evening, the girl’s former best friend was at the party and allegedly told the victim’s boyfriend that she was going to fight her, state police said. Then, Raymond Parks told the victim that his daughter was going to “kick your a--,” the complaint states.

The two girls then got into a fight, but it ended when the boyfriend and Brenda Parks broke it apart. The victim walked away, but Raymond Parks allegedly grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground.

Brenda Parks then attacked the 17-year-old, throwing her to the ground and punching her, police said. She then allegedly attempted to choke the teen.

The boyfriend got the woman off his girlfriend, and they left the area.

The girl was taken to the hospital’s emergency room. Her eyes were both swollen, and she had scratches and bruises on her face and a cut on top of her head, police said.

Police said she had bruises consistent with her story that she was choked.

The Parkses were still at the party when state police arrived. They both reportedly appeared intoxicated.

According to the criminal complaint, Brenda Parks said her daughter fought with the other girl because that girl was starting trouble with everyone. Brenda Parks said she walked the 17-year-old to her car and then pushed her inside, police said.

Brenda Parks said she only broke up a fight and didn’t attack the girl.

Raymond Parks denied any involvement in an altercation, police said.

Magistrate Judge Philip Romero set Brenda Parks’ cash-only bond at $5,000. She was taken to the county jail.

State police said in their report that they would summon Raymond Parks later for a misdemeanor battery charge.