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Local Mom Attacked At Holiday Light Display Over Parking Space

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File photo of a police car. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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LAKE MARY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – One family’s trip to a holiday light display turned sour when an altercation with others in attendance turned physical.

Local resident and mother Christine Beckwith told WESH that the trouble began Sunday evening while she and three children waited to see the city’s display.

She claimed that two women approached her about how she had parked her car, claiming that she had crossed the white line and put it too close to their own vehicle.

What began as a verbal confrontation escalated quickly.

“(They punched) me in the face, scratched at me and pulled my hair,” she was quoted as saying by the station. “Their comments were, you know, if I call the police that I wouldn’t be spending Christmas with my family.”

The assailants were described as having curly black hair and a white Honda Civic with a Christmas wreath on it. They reportedly spoke both English and Spanish.

“It’s a tradition for us to go see the lights and spend that time together as a family and the fact that they tarnished that is upsetting,” Beckwith said.

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