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“You better hit her for that!”

A MOTHER who told her daughter to hit another girl during a youth basketball game in Garden Grove must write an apology and pay $9000 in restitution (Shutterstock).

A mother must write a written apology and pay more than $9,000 in restitution to a teenage girl who was punched in the neck by the woman’s daughter after she yelled at her daughter from the stands during a basketball game to hit the girl in an incident last year in Garden Grove.

The rival player collapsed on the court following an unprovoked attack that was captured on a now- viral video.

Latira (Tira) Shonty Hunt, 44, of La Puente, was charged in December 2021 with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one misdemeanor count of battery. She faced a maximum sentence of one year in Orange County Jail if convicted on all counts.

On November 7, 2021, Hunt was in the stands at the MAPS sports facility in the city of Garden Grove watching her teenage daughter compete in a youth basketball game.

Hunt yelled “you better hit her for that” to her daughter after she had interaction with a rival player on the court. Seconds later, the rival player fell to the court after an unprovoked attack.

Per Welfare and Institutions Code Section 828, the District Attorney’s Office is prohibited from discussing anything related to juvenile investigations.

On Wednesday (today)  an Orange County Superior Court judge granted Hunt misdemeanor diversion in exchange for completing a series of requirements over the next two years, including writing a written apology to the victim, her parents and both basketball club teams, paying more than $9,000 in restitution, and completing anger management classes before she can attend basketball games again. She was also ordered to stay away from the victim.

Recent changes in California law make nearly all misdemeanors eligible for court-ordered diversion and reduced the probationary period for misdemeanors to one year. This settlement doubles the length of potential court oversight to two years based on the provision of the new diversion laws.

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