A Florida mother says she suffered a black eye after a woman attacked her for her poor parking job.
Christine Beckwith of Lake Mary, Fla., says she was helping her young children in her car on Sunday night when a woman driving a white Honda with a Christmas wreath on its front bumper approached her and began to complain about how she was parked, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
"I said, 'You need to settle down. I have kids with me. Let me move my car. It's no big deal,'" Beckwith told WFTV.
Before Beckwith knew it, the woman had exited her car and began attacking her -- grabbing Beckwith by the hair and slamming her face into the trunk. The incident report says she was punched and scratched.
A family witnessed the attack, which took place at a parking lot for a local holiday light display, and called 911.
Police are still looking for the alleged attacker, who was there with a friend driving a black sedan. Beckwith said the woman threatened her and said that if she called authorities, she wouldn't be able to spend Christmas with her kids," the report said.
Beckwith sustained minor injuries and did not need to be hospitalized. But her children, who witnessed the attack, may be scarred for months to come.
"It was heartbreaking to hear, it was like, 'Don't touch my mommy. Leave her alone, stop it, stop it you need to stop touching her,'" Beckwith said describing her children’s’ reactions from inside the car.
Her 9-year-old daughter, who witnessed the attack, decided to appeal to Santa. In a letter to him, she wrote, "Dear Santa, Today my mom, Christine, got physically hurt by a woman. I want you to put her on the naughty list! She had long black curly hair, no tattoos, black shirt, jeans, and cruddy attitude!!!"
The attacker is believed to be in her early 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds. She has long, dark, curly hair.
"If she was willing to do this to a woman alone with her three kids and a stroller, I don't see how it wouldn't faze the woman to attack or do something like this to someone else," Beckwith told WKMG.
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