WILKES-BARRE — A 12-year-old girl was violently pushed by a woman outside a convenience store last weekend, and now the child’s mother wants justice for her daughter.
Chere Fuller, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, was at work at a local nursing home Sunday when her daughter and ex-husband walked to the Quick Stop — across Route 309 from Home Depot — to get snacks about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. While her daughter, Presley Keeney, was standing outside waiting for her dad, Fuller said a man approached and asked Keeney for something to eat.
Fuller said her daughter started to give him a piece of beef jerky when the woman — identified by police as Marlenea Uravage, 29, of Wilkes-Barre — allegedly pushed the man away then turned and violently shoved Keeney.
The entire incident was caught on store surveillance. The child was shoved so hard, her head almost struck the store’s door as she flew backward.
Store cameras also show Uravage running from the scene.
“She said she didn’t even have time to think when that woman turned around, cursed at her, and pushed her hard in her chin and face,” Fuller said.
Fuller said her daughter, who weighs only about 80 pounds, was not injured other than a minor scrape on her hand. She added, however, that Keeney had trouble sleeping, did not want to go to school, and was afraid of walking home alone.
“I’m just completely heartbroken,” Fuller said. “I cannot believe someone of her age and size would put her hands on a child like that.”
Keeney said the man who approached her “looked hungry.”
“I wanted to do something nice,” she told WBRE of offering him one of her snacks. “I didn’t want him to starve.”
The news station said Uravage was charged with harassment.
District Judge Thomas Malloy’s office did not have a criminal complaint available Wednesday, and officials at the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department did not return a call for comment.
Fuller wants to see Uravage held accountable for her actions.
“I just want her to be taken off the street,” Fuller said.
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