Two women were jailed Thursday on charges of beating up a 12-year-old at a Hernando County bus stop.
Makaila Nimblett, 20, and Masey Alford, 19, each face a battery charge.
The incident occurred Wednesday in the Villages of Avalon neighborhood in Spring Hill.
A family friend who didn’t want to be identified said Masey is like a niece to him. She and her friend, Makaila, were staying with his wife and children for the week.
His kids told the women about a 12-year-old neighborhood bully who’s been taunting them and other kids for some time.
According to the arrest report, Makaila and Masey walked the kids to bus stop where they ended up confronting the 12-year old and smacking him in the face and in the back of the head. They later told deputies they did it because they were told he was bullying their siblings.
“Instead of correcting the bully, she became the bully,” said the family friend. “I think sometimes we all feel like doing that, but you can’t act on it.”
The news spread fast through the neighborhood and the family friend tells us the parents of the 12-year-old punished him for bullying and called the cops on the women.
They didn’t want to speak with us on camera.
For now the girls will stay in jail until family members pay their bail. Relatives say they want to make sure the girls have learned their lesson.
“Maybe if they put a little more God in their life, a little more Christ and learn true values then, you know, these kids would be raised better,” said a family friend.