Alabama Teen Charged With Thanksgiving Attack on Sister’s Girlfriend
An Alabama teen has been charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly beat up his sister’s girlfriend while his family was celebrating Thanksgiving, NBC affiliate Local 5 News reports.
The incident occurred Thursday night when Mallory Owens, 23, attended Thanksgiving dinner at the house of her girlfriend in Mobile, Ala., which is about 167 miles southeast of Montgomery. But the celebration turned violent when Owens’ girlfriend’s brother, Travis Hawkins Jr., allegedly assaulted Owens because she is a lesbian.
"He tried to kill her. He’s lucky he didn’t kill her. She’s lucky to be alive," Owen’s mother Kristi Taylor said. "I didn’t recognize her when I got here. It’s hard to look at her like that."
Taylor added that she pleaded with her daughter not to have Thanksgiving with her girlfriend’s family because she knew "how the family felt about her." But Owens insisted the Hawkins family were "trying to be nice."
Owens suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones. Pictures of the young woman that have surfaced on Facebook show her face extremely swollen from the alleged attack. The news station reported that she had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery and needed metal plates put in her cheekbones.
The alleged victim’s mother said that Hawkins, 18, has assaulted Owens in the past; earlier this year, he hit her over the head with a pipe wrench. Although Owens was injured, the family did not press charges. But after the latest attack, Owens’ family does not feel the same way and plans to take action against the teen.