Siblings Accused In Attack Hate Crime Possible

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP)- Three children from the same family are in juvenile custody after allegedly attacking a Cape Girardeau woman, and the victim believes she was targeted because she is gay.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 41-year-old Jeana Terry and her partner Lisa Lange were inside their home on July 24 when a 16-year-old neighbor girl allegedly began shouting anti-gay slurs. The girl then allegedly gathered her 13-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother, went to the home and attacked Terry.

Terry says she may need eye surgery.

The mother of the children says it was Terry and Lange who started the fight. The younger children pleaded guilty to trespassing and second-degree assault at a juvenile hearing and will be released from custody soon. The 16-year-old could face a hate crime charge.

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