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A Hazel Crest woman this week was charged with aggravated battery, a felony, following a fight that appeared to be linked to a dispute over social media between her daughter and another girl, Flossmoor police said.

The location of a fight 
recently in Flossmoor that 
resulted in felony battery 
charges against a Hazel 
Crest woman.
(Photo by 
Tom Houlihan/HF Chronicle)

Kenoya E. Thomas, 40, of the 18600 block of Augusta Lane in Hazel Crest, was charged after police and prosecutors viewed a video of her hitting the 15-year-old victim, Deputy Police Chief Tod Kamleiter said Thursday. Thomas was released on a $15,000 bond following a hearing Wednesday at the Markham courthouse, he said.

According to a Flossmoor police report, the fight took place at 4:48 p.m. Oct. 19 at Brumley Drive and Ash Street in the village’s Flossmoor Hills neighborhood. The location is on the border between Flossmoor and Hazel Crest.

Two friends of the victim told police that they were with the girl on the swings at Flossmoor Hills Park on Monday afternoon.

Thomas and her daughter and son approached them, the friends later told police. The mother and daughter started punching the victim in the face, they said.

The friends said that Thomas’s daughter and the victim had been engaged in a dispute over social media since last weekend. One of the friends said the daughter told her at school on the day of the fight that she was going to “jump” the victim later in the day, the police report states.

All of the teens involved in the incident are students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Kamleiter said. None are Flossmoor residents.

During the fight, a group of boys passed by and one shot a video of the altercation with his mobile device. The video was later posted on Snapchat, an online social media platform.

Kamleiter said the fight broke up when one of the friends said she was calling the police. Thomas and her children left the scene before police arrived.

After officers arrived, they took the victim and her two friends to the Flossmoor police station. When they arrived at the station, Thomas and her children were already there, Kamleiter said. Thomas made a statement to police that she broke up the fight. She also said the victim hit her daughter, the police report states.

Police told Thomas that she would have to remain at the station while an investigation into the fight was under way.  She was detained at the police station on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Kamleiter said police found the video on Snapchat and that it showed the mother hitting the victim. As a result of the fight, he said, the girl has a knot on her forehead and marks on her face and around her eyes.

A Cook County assistant state’s attorney interviewed Thomas on Tuesday. She was charged following  that discussion, Kamleiter said. None of the juveniles were charged, he said.

“What is really unfortunate here is that there were so many chances for intervention, but none of them were followed,” Kamleiter said. “This all could have been avoided but instead there was a really bad outcome.”

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