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Ohio woman, 21, severely beaten in neighborhood brawl

Wire • Mar 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A 21-year-old Circleville woman is on life support at Grant Medical Center so doctors can transplant her organs after she was beaten during a neighborhood brawl, her mother said today.

Brittany Nicole Jeffers was flown to the Columbus hospital after being attacked Wednesday afternoon at S. Washington and Walnut streets in Circleville. No arrests have been made.

Jeffers mother, 37-year-old Emily Harvey, gave this account of what happened:

Harvey saw a 17-year-old boy kicking the door of a house across from her Walnut Street home in what appeared to be an attempt to break in. When she went outside, the teen ran around the side of the house and disappeared.

Harvey called police. She later saw the same teen standing on a corner and identified him as a boy who lives in a nearby house on S. Washington.

A short time later, a 16-year-old girl came out of the S. Washington house and began threatening the Harvey family for identifying the boy as a burglary suspect.

Jeffers’ stepsister, 18-year-old Angel Haines, went over to tell the girl to stop threatening her family.

Jeffers and Harvey were standing about 50 yards away. Jeffers told her mother, “This ain’t happening” and went to her stepsister’s aid.

A fight ensued with at least four other people. Jeffers ended up on the ground on top of another woman at which point the 17-year-old boy came over and kicked and punched her in the head, knocking her unconscious, Harvey said.

She ran over to find her daughter gasping for breath and turning blue as the crowd scattered. She called 9-1-1.

Jeffers is the mother of two children, a 5-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.


By Randy Ludlow - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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