A Georgia couple admitted to battering a restaurant owner and her daughter during a dispute over cold chicken and too few fries in their order, court records confirm.
WTOC reported that Nathaniel and Latasha Smith independently pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from a June incident that was caught on video. The video apparently showed Latasha assaulting Jeanette Norris, the owner of Qwik Chick in downtown Baxley. When Norris’ 15-year-old daughter attempted to intervene, Nathaniel is seen punching her in the face.
Latasha pleaded guilty to aggravated battery while Nathaniel pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children. Both defendants told Superior Court Judge Robert Guy that they’ve been treated for mental health issues in the past, the station reported.
WTOC Dal Cannady spoke with this Baxley mother & daughter that were assaulted yesterday by 2 customers who complained…
“There are actually more witnesses than just the video. However, the video, in this case, is inside of what happened and outside of what happened, and it very much helps to accomplish getting a plea of guilty from both defendants,” Assistant District Attorney John B. Johnson said.
Latasha was upset that she was served cold chicken and not enough food. Though Norris refunded her money, Latasha continued to curse Norris out and punch windows before attacking Norris, according to The Florida Times-Union.
The restaurant owner reportedly suffered a broken nose while her teen daughter sustained a concussion in the taped assault.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Latasha and Nathaniel were apprehended in early July, four days after warrants were issued for their arrests.
The judge accepted the couple’s guilty pleas and will hand down a sentence in January.
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