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Two mothers charged with assault go before judge

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HAVELOCK, N.C. -

A Havelock woman charged with assault and a hate crime went before a judge, the same day her daughter's alleged attacker also made her first court appearance.

Mary Severance, 38, of Havelock made her first court appearance for ethnic intimidation and simple assault charges. She's accused of calling 29-year-old Heather Taylor the N-word, and trying to tase her.

"I am ready for this to be done and over with and for my name to be cleared," said Severance.

Despite her charges, Severance says she's not the aggressor. She claims Taylor is. That's because according to Havelock police, Taylor punched Severance's daughter, Treasure, at a Havelock parking lot on May 11.

"She hit me pretty hard. You can hear the fact that I was hit pretty hard," said Treasure Severance.

Mary Severance denies using ethnic slurs or a taser.

"When she punched the crap out of my child's face, and come to find out I had to speak to all the children, and I didn't think that I did. And I was pretty confident I did not," said Severance.

Taylor says the reason she got into a confrontation with Treasure and her mom in the first place is because she says the two were making fun of Taylor's overweight daughter at King Super Buffet in Havelock.

"Every time this girl walked past my daughter," said Taylor, "she called her fat b's."

Police charged Taylor with assault and battery, and Severance with simple assault. They both made their first court appearance on Thursday.

Taylor didn't want to go on-camera after her first appearance, but this is what she told 9 On Your Side back in May.

"This is all racially motivated event. N***er was called 50 times. It's so much a person can take before they snap. And believe me. Treasure, I did not mean to hit you. I really wanted to hit your mother," said Taylor.

Both women have hired private attorneys to handle their case. They maintain their innocence.

Taylor says the punching was purely in self-defense against Severance's taser. But Severance says the taser was actually a stun gun, and that she only pulled it out after her daughter was punched.

-- Previous story --

The mother of a Craven County teenager punched in the face near a Chinese restaurant is now charged with assaulting the girl's attacker.

Video obtained exclusively by 9 On Your Side shows a woman punching someone in a car outside the around 7:30 p.m. outside the King Super Buffet on U.S. 70 in Havelock on May 11.

That woman, 29-year-old Heather Taylor, was charged with assaulting a 14-year-old girl, Treasure Severance.

A couple days later, police also charged Treasure Severance's mom, Mary Severance, with assault and ethnic intimidation.

They say Mary Severance tried to use a taser on her daughter's attacker, and that she also tried to attack because of Taylor's race.

Severance denies the allegations, saying she has nothing against black people and it wasn't a taser she was trying to use, but a stun gun.

Taylor and Severance are scheduled to make their first court appearances on July 18.

-- Original story --

A mother of five children is facing an assault charge for punching another woman's daughter.

Havelock police said 29-year-old Heather Taylor punched a 14-year-old girl in the face and spat on her.

Cell phone video showed the alleged brawl on Saturday around 7:30 p.m. outside the King Super Buffet on U.S. 70 in Havelock.

The victim, Treasure Severance, said it all started inside the restaurant, where she got into a confrontation with Taylor's daughter from school. She said Taylor punched her several times in the neck and shoulder.

"She obviously was very mad for the fact that my mom said something, and said, ‘Oh, that's cute' to her. She's obviously mad I told her to get away," said Severance.

Taylor is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. She claims Severance and her mother were calling her teenage daughter names in the restaurant.

"It's so much that a person can take before they snap, and believe me, Treasure, I did not mean to hit you. I really wanted to hit your mother," said Taylor.

Severance's father, Richard Severance, said he is disturbed that an adult would strike a child.

"We will get justice for my daughter," he said.

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