A Missouri mom told the Kansas City Star a group of teenage girls arrived at her family's home in Blue Springs on a Saturday night earlier this month wanting to fight her daughter.
But Michelle Audo, 48, explained to the paper that two of the teen girls beat her up instead — giving her a concussion, broken nose, and black eyes.
She told the Star an officer told her the teens were as young as 13 and 14.
Now, she's concerned they won't face appropriate consequences due to their juvenile status.
What are the details?
Audo told the Star she and her husband were asleep around 10:30 p.m. May 14 when their daughters woke them up. Audo said her 16-year-old daughter said a “carload of girls” were in front the house, wanting to fight her 14-year-old sister, the paper noted.
With that, Audo went downstairs and told the three or four teen girls in the car to leave — but she noted to the Star they wouldn't budge.
In fact, she told the paper they just got more aggressive with their demands to fight her younger daughter.
“You guys just need to go,” Audo recalled telling the teens as she got closer to the car, according to the Star. “I go, ‘You know, she’s not coming out.’ And they’re like, ‘Well, either she’s coming out, or we’re coming in.’ And I’m like ‘No, you’re not.’ … And then two of them jumped out of the car.”
Audo told police one of the girls — described as a blonde — hit her in the face, the paper said.
“Ms. Audo stated the blonde female ended up on top of her and was continuing to strike her in the face with a closed fist,” the police report said, according to the Star. The other girl — described as having black hair — was “on top of Ms. Audo trying to help the blonde female,” the paper said, citing an account to police from Audo's older daughter.
Soon Audo’s husband and older daughter came outside and tried to help, the Star said, adding that the daughter told police she “pulled the black-haired female off" her mother "and then pulled off the blonde female,” according to the report.
“Ms. Audo stated that when she stood up the blonde female took a fighting stance and was moving toward her,” the report continued, the paper said.
With that, Audo's husband used a cane to bring the teen to the ground, Audo told the Star. Apparently the youngsters had enough; the two teen girls got back inside the car, and the whole crew drove off, the paper said.
What happened afterward?
The Star said one of the suspects allegedly posted a Snapchat story about the incident — which Audo’s younger daughter preserved in screenshots — that included two messages: “Imagine letting ur mom get her ass beat" and “Tell yo mom to come clean her blood off my window.”
A few hours later, police spoke to the two teens named in its report, the paper said, adding that one of them said Audo “came to the side of the car and swung” at one of the teens inside the vehicle, after which the teen hit Audo back.
The suspect who was knocked to the ground told police “she felt as if she was assaulted," the Star said, citing the police report, adding that when asked why she didn’t call police, the suspect replied “she thought she would be in trouble."
What happened to Audo?
Audo told the paper she doesn’t remember the assault and waited six days before seeing a doctor, after which she was diagnosed with a concussion and fractured nose. She added to the Star that she was out of work for a week and had daily headaches for two weeks — save for Sunday, which she said was the first day since the attack that she had no headaches.
What about the suspects?
The paper said the two teen suspects are charged with simple assault and will be prosecuted through “youth court.” The Star, citing the police report, added that officers with the Community Youth Outreach Division will handle the case.
But Audo told the paper the suspects should face more severe consequences due to her injuries.
"They think they are grown enough to beat up someone’s mom; I think they need to pay the consequences,” Audo noted to the Star. “What’s going to stop them from coming back? Or to do this to somebody else?”
Audo added to the paper that she hasn’t heard from the girls' parents; no apologies have been issued.
“I was severely hurt,” she told the Star. “These girls seem to have zero regard for anybody. And to me, it seems like they think they can do whatever they want. And they get away with it.”