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Unfortunately domestic abuse among celebrity couples has become a far to common news story these days, but there’s a special type of emotion that comes along with learning that violence was carried out in front of children– especially while someone was in the midst of caring for a child.
That appears to be the case with Javaris Crittenton, a former NBA player who has been accused of slapping the mother of his child in the face while she was breastfeeding their 1-day-old son. According to TMZ:
Crittenton has temporarily been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Tyress Daniels and their newborn son … after she filed court docs outlining a pattern of domestic violence.
In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Daniels claims JC attacked her on three separate occasions. The first incident allegedly took place when she was pregnant and he roughed her up in a hotel room.
According to Daniels, the 2nd incident occurred at a hospital on Nov. 1 — less than 24 hours after she gave birth to their son.
Daniels claims, “I was breastfeeding the baby and we got into an argument over what the baby would wear for pictures. Javaris hit me in the face while I was breastfeeding because he said I had a smart mouth.”
Daniels claims Javaris tried to grab the baby and leave … but hospital security rushed in and stopped him. He was eventually kicked out of the room.
According to the docs, Daniels claims JC got rough with her a 3rd time on Nov. 26 … scratching her face and busting her lip. She also claims Javaris later sent her a text message saying she would end up like her “dead mother” and he will have the child.
After Daniels filed the docs, a judge awarded temporary custody of the kid to Daniels — and set a hearing for next month … when the judge will decide if the restraining order will become more permanent.
What’s even more disturbing than having a child with an abusive man is that Javaris may have actually committed an even more serious crime. TMZ also notes that the 24-year-old former Washington Wizards player is also facing a murder charge for the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman in 2011. Though he has denied any wrongdoing, that type of background certainly makes Tyress’s claims that he threatened to kill her sound much more malleable. Let’s hope that restraining order sticks — for good.
Most parents will go to any lengths to help their children, and Barry Laprell Gilton and Lupe Mercado are no different. The 38- and 37-year-old proud parents of four began dating in middle school and eventually grew up to have a comfortable life with one daughter and three sons in the Bay area. But when their oldest ran away at 17 last year to be with 22-year-old Calvin Sneed, a known Compton gang member, who wound up as her pimp, the parents took justice into their own hands and are now facing life in prison.
Initially, Gilton and Mercado sought help from law enforcement to bring their daughter home after they discovered her in escort ads. They also added the girl to several missing and exploited children registries, but the prosecution believes when those attempts failed, the couple went much further. They allege that on the night of May 27, the pair made a failed attempt to murder Sneed, but that a week later they succeeded when the young man was found gunned down in his car on June 4 at 2 am. Gilton allegedly fired a .40-caliber weapon from a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV that took Sneed’s life.
According to the LA Times, Dist. Atty. George Gascon said Thursday:
“We have substantial evidence to believe that this was a premeditated event. I understand the frustration that the parents must have felt. Having said that, I think it’s important to say that taking the law in your own hands is never an acceptable solution, and killing someone in a situation other than defense of serious bodily injury or death is not an acceptable solution.”
It’s believed that on May 27 the couple tracked Sneed and fired a 9-millimeter handgun at him as he sat in a car. According to a police report, there was no surveillance video available of the scene where an “unidentified suspect approached on foot” and fired nine shots. Having survived, Sneed returned to the Bay the weekend of June 2 to visit an ailing relative. When the runaway teen visited her parents they argued with her and unsuccessfully tried to get Sneed to leave. Later that night while Sneed was reportedly in a foreign gang area, Mercado phoned Gilton at 1:57 am and four minutes later, fired the fatal shots. Eric Safire, who represents Gilton, doesn’t believe the charges will stick:
“There is some circumstantial evidence, and there’s certainly a motive, but there is no direct evidence that we’ve been made aware of.”
Mercado’s lawyer, Tony Tamburello, agreed, saying law enforcement officials:
“jumped to the conclusion that because [the couple had] a motive, that they’re the people who are responsible.” “They’re wrong. And they’ve been wrong before.”
Sneed’s father, Charles, sees things differently. He told the San Francicso Chronicle:
“Calvin was a pimp, the girl was a runaway, the parents got mad. They became God for a moment. They didn’t wait for the judge, the trial, they did it right then and there in the street. Who are they to say they are God, to determine whether Calvin lived or died? How come they didn’t let a judge do that? They took it into their own hands.”
Right now their fate is in the hands of someone else. Gilton and Mercado are scheduled to be arraigned June 20 and are being held on bail at $2 million a piece, each facing one count of murder, one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied motor vehicle, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Gilton also faces a charge of possessing a firearm as a felon due to a 1995 drug-related conviction. Both sides might have a tough time proving their points in this case.
What do you think should happen to this couple?
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Dee Jay Daniels is clearly not the little 9-year-old we remember as Michael Hughley on D.L. Hughley’s late ’90s sitcom. At 23 years old, Dee Jay is currently facing charges of street terrorism, premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder stemming from gang activity in California.
Dee Jay, whose full name is Dorjan Lyndell Daniels, is a suspected member of the Bloods gang, and in August 2011, he and two other men allegedly stabbed 26-year-old John Joseph outside a nightclub in Stockton, CA. The attack was expected to be a rival altercation between the Bloods and the Crips.
Arrest records show Dee Jay is being held without bail in San Joaquin County Jail and he has been ever since August 6, the afternoon after the attack. Dee Jay’s next court date is tomorrow at 8:30 am but with a charge like this it doesn’t appear he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon. Who would’ve thought Michael Hughley would grow into this?
Here’s a news report from when the attack first happened last summer.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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