UPDATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- News 12 has just confirmed Laura Leeh Davis turned herself in. She is charged with disrupting public school, reckless conduct, simple battery, simple assault and criminal trespass.
UPDATE: Friday, April 27, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As of a week after the incident, Chief Clayton says the woman has still not been located or arrested. He says she quit her job and is on the run. He encourages anyone with contact with Davis to pass along that information to law enforcement.
Initial report: Friday, April 20, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Officers are still searching for a Richmond County mother accused of helping her daughter beat up a high school girl. The fight happened last Tuesday April 17 at Richmond Academy.
Thanks to video evidence, officers believe they have proof a woman named Laura Leeh Davis was right in the middle of it all.
The Board of Education chief could not provide the mother's name, but multiple officials in the Clerk's Office and Solicitor's Office confirmed the four warrants issued by the BOE School Safety Office are for Laura Leeh Davis. Copies of the warrants are not available yet because she has not been located or served.
School Safety and Security Chief Patrick Clayton explains oftentimes with school fights, it's one kid's word against another. But in this particular case, a student's phone captured the whole thing.
At first, you see an older woman in a brown dress talking to a group of teenagers outside of Richmond Academy. She mentions an incident during spring break, and then encourages her daughter to walk away.
"So just let that go. Come on," she says before walking away.
But the situation escalates quickly when other students start egging on a fight.
Several shout, "Beat her, beat her, beat her."
A young man jumps up and down and yells, "She says she's gonna hit you. Ooh!"
The woman's daughter moves in when another young girl has her back turned. She beats the girl with her hands and fists. The second girl twists around and begins to fight back.
The two struggle and fall to the ground next to the steps outside the school. The mother comes back into the picture and grabs the smaller girl, ripping off her blue undershirt.
In the video, you hear the mother chanting, "Beat her ***. Beat her ***, beat her ***. Beat her ***. Don't nobody touch her. Beat her ***, K. Beat her f***** ***."
Other students are circling around the two girls, shouting and cussing.
The mother screams, "Nobody touch her. Nobody. Get her, K. Get her K. Beat her ***."
The fighting continues until a school coach runs in to break the two girls apart.
He shouts, "Hey! Get off her, get off of her. Let go."
Demika Givens is the mother of the girl who was beaten. As she watches the video on her home computer, Givens says she is disgusted any adult would act like this.
"I tell my kids all the time -- any thing that happens to you, I'm gonna protect you. And when I see that video, I just feel helpless," she said.
Shaking her head, Givens adds, "[The other girl's] mom is not being a mediator. She's being a cheerleader."
Clayton says they've been investigating the fight since Tuesday.
"As a parent and as a law enforcement officer, it's disturbing to see something like this. It's pretty egregious. This sort of behavior will not be tolerated in Richmond County schools," he said.
Warrants are filed against the mother involved for criminal trespass, disruption of schools, reckless conduct and simple assault.
"We're hoping we'll get her in custody very shortly and start the judicial process," Clayton said.
Givens says it's hard to be patient while they wait for an update on the case.
"They tell me, 'Don't worry about it. We'll catch her.' But when? My daughter doesn't feel protected. My daughter is afraid of that lady!"
Givens says at first, both teenage girls were suspended for 10 days, but after the video surfaced, her daughter was allowed back to school.
"For you to touch someone else's child? You have a problem. And you need to be locked up," Givens said.'
Her daughter had bumps and bruising on her head and a sore neck but is doing OK overall.
Clayton says there is always an officer and administrators after school at Richmond Academy. In this case, a teacher got there within a minute to break up the fight.