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May 7, 2014

Falls mom tied to Facebook fight video has court case transferred

Niagara Gazette — A Niagara Falls mom accused of forcing her teenage daughter to engage in a fight that was broadcast last month on a popular social media outlet made an appearance in city court Tuesday. 

Eula McCray, who has been charged with menacing and child endangerment, did not speak to reporters following brief court proceedings that saw her case transferred to Judge Angelo Morinello’s family court. The next hearing in the case has been set for June 11. 

Falls police arrested McCray on April 10 after investigators were alerted to an Internet video that showed her encouraging her teenage daughter to engage in a physical altercation with another teenage girl. 

Following her arrest, McCray pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree menacing during an arraignment in Falls City Court.

McCray and members of her family have since said that the videotaped incident followed several months in which McCray’s daughter had been the target of both verbal and physical acts of harassment by other teenage girls in their Willow Avenue neighborhood. 

While police have previously indicated that they were not aware of any reports by family members about harassment incidents involving the girl, McCray’s mother, Martha Seaberry recently told the Niagara Gazette that at least one such incident was reported to Falls school district officials and police were alerted to at least two others. 

Seaberry produced a copy of one such report from Sept. 5, 2013 which describes McCray’s daughter as having been “repeatedly harassed” by a juvenile female and that two weeks earlier she was confronted by the girl in question who “pulled her off her bicycle, punched her in the head and kicked her while she was on the ground.” The report describes the incident as part of “ongoing issues” that “arose over ongoing Facebook drama,” including name calling and insults. 

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