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Posted: 8:40 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
GASTONIA, N.C. —
A Gastonia mother is accused of using a stun gun on someone else's child. Juan Reid, 11, said he was in the street when he saw Toni Meeks, 39, raise the stun gun towards him, but he didn't believe that she would use it on him. "I was crying and everything hurt real bad," said Reid, "I don't know what to think, it's crazy." Police said the incident happened Thursday at a home on Meade Avenue. Reid suffered burns to his neck and had to go to the hospital. His parents said there have been a lot of fights on Meade Avenue and that some of them were recorded with cellphones. They said on Thursday, a group of girls attacked Reid's older sister in the middle of the street. Reid tried to stop the girls and one of the girl's mothers stepped in. Police said Meeks, the mother of one of the girls in the fight, pulled out a stun gun and zapped Reid in the neck. "She walked towards me and just 'zzzzz'," said Reid. He said he collapsed onto the ground. Moments before his mother ran outside and said she saw the whole thing. Reid's mother stated that when she saw her son fall she looked directly at Meeks. "She thought the whole incident was funny. I mean she stood out here and pretty much just laughed about it," said Reid's mother. An ambulance took him to the hospital. His family said they were worried because he has upper respiratory problems that could have made a jolt from a stun gun worse. Reid was able to go to school Friday, but his parents said he still has burn marks in his neck. Meeks was released from jail last night.
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