Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Denies Bail for Woman Charged in Brick Attack Says She's a Danger to the Community

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Denies Bail for Woman Charged in Brick Attack Says She's a Danger to the Community

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An Allegheny County judge Wednesday denied bail to a mother accused of assaulting her daughter's Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher with a brick, finding that she is a danger to the community.

Daishonta M. Williams, 29, is charged with aggravated assault and related counts after, police say, she threw a brick at her child's teacher and attacked her as the woman was sitting in traffic on the West End Bridge about 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The Pittsburgh King PreK-8 teacher, Janice Davis Watkins, 46, told police that after Ms. Williams threw the brick in her face, the woman pulled her from the car and punched and kicked her. Ms. Williams' boyfriend, Vincent Beasley, 26, also has been charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy for participating in the attack by allegedly punching and kicking Ms. Watkins and pulling her hair.

Ms. Watkins suffered a broken tooth, cut lip and other unspecified injuries.

On Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer DiGiovanni told Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning that Ms. Williams is a danger to the community.

Ms. Williams' bond was originally set by a magistrate judge at $50,000. Ms. Williams posted bond, but the DA's office successfully petitioned Tuesday to have the bond revoked before Ms. Williams could leave jail.

Ms. DiGiovanni said that Ms. Watkins, as a teacher, is identified in the law as a protected class, and that the defendant's behavior of stalking her after school and lying in wait before attacking her was "egregious."

The situation began, the prosecutor said, when Ms. Williams was called to the school because of a problem her daughter had had with Ms. Watkins, a fourth-grade teacher.

Ms. DiGiovanni said the girl bit Ms. Watkins. But defense attorney Blaine Jones said that Ms. Williams was upset because she believes Ms. Watkins tried to choke her daughter. …

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