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  • Jennifer Nelson, of Shirley in Suffolk County, is facing an attempted murder charge
  • Two teenagers were put into custody in the alleged robbery of Nelson's son
  • The victim, who allegedly bullied Nelson's son, suffered several injuries

A 35-year-old Long Island mother reportedly ran over a 15-year-old boy with her car twice for bullying and robbing her son.

Jennifer Nelson, a resident of Shirley in Suffolk County, faces multiple charges for allegedly attacking a teenager in the parking lot of a Manhattan bagel shop in October, then running him over with her car two times to take revenge for her bullied son.

Nelson then reportedly tried to swap in her leased 2020 Honda Passport for a different model to throw cops off her trail.

"This defendant — an adult — allegedly thought she could take the law into her own hands to kill a 15-year-old in the process," Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said in a statement Monday, as Nelson got indicted in the crime.

"This defendant's incredibly misguided attempt to avenge the alleged victimization of her own child is no excuse," he added. "Citizens cannot take the law into their own hands, and should instead work with law enforcement and my office to seek justice in every case."

According to authorities, two teenagers were put into custody in the alleged robbery of Nelson's son. But the victim in the hit-and-run was not one of them.

Nelson had driven her car into the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts across the street from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach on Oct. 7. She met and confronted a group of minors with a knife and a small bat.

The 15-year-old boy walked away and into the bagel shop parking lot while Nelson got back behind the wheel and chased the teenager, prosecutors said.

She slammed into him and knocked him to the ground, then "proceeded to drive over the victim, up onto a curb, reversed, drove over the victim again," authorities explained.

The victim suffered several fractures to his pelvis, six fractured ribs, a punctured lung and "numerous bruises and abrasions," the DA's office said in a release.

Meanwhile, in an email to The Post, Nelson's lawyer, Paul D'Emilia, called the district attorney's version of the incident "unfortunate and misleading" and said the prosecutors' account "attempted to conflate two separate events that day as one continuous occurrence."

"Ms. Nelson received a frantic telephone call from her son who was, once again, being bullied and physically assaulted in the parking lot outside William Floyd High School," D'Emilia continued. "She found him shoeless and surrounded by tormentors when she drove up a few minutes later. After fending off her son's attackers, she drove to both the junior high school as well as the senior high school to report the incident and also try to retrieve her son's sneakers."

"A group of males were running through the streets, and one of the young men received injuries after striking Ms. Nelson's car," he said. "Ms. Nelson did not see nor recognize the young man who was injured." He said his client was "completely taken by surprise" and was unaware that the teen was running toward her car; the victim "ran off after the incident."

Nelson was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and one count of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious physical injury.

Suffolk County prosecutors requested that she be held at $250,000 cash bail or a $1 million bond. However, Supreme Court Justice Timothy Mazzei allowed her release without bail. Nelson is scheduled to appear in court on March 21.

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