Mother charged for tasing child at Great America

- Santa Clara police arrested another suspect in a wild weekend flash-mob type crime spree at Great America Park last Saturday. Forty-four-year-old Leticia Sexton, arrested late Wednesday, was charged with a crime that defies both reason and logic.
"It's crazy that an adult would go to this level to use a taser on a juvenile," said Santa Clara police captain Wahid Kazen.
He says on-lookers caught some of the violence on their cell phones last Saturday night. Great America was packed for its 10th annual Halloween Fest, but around 10:30 p.m., dozens of young people ran through the crowd, robbing and assaulting some of the 20-thousand guests. 

At the same time, Saxton's teenage daughter and another girl, who attends the same high school, got into a fight. Investigators say Saxton attacked her daughter's rival, with a taser.
"You're left speechless at the end of that. The female did suffer moderate injuries and her injuries will continue to be evaluated," said Capt. Kazen.
Saxton is charged with three felonies including corporal injury to a child, assault causing bodily injury, and assault with a stun gun. Great America officials declined to talk on camera about the crimes, saying in a statement that "the safety of our guests is our top priority."
"I have absolutely no idea why she had the taser in the park or, quite honestly, how she got it into the park," said Kazen.
Great America's webpage states sharp objects, knives or other items that could be considered a weapon are prohibited. Additionally, all guests went through magnetometer, or metal detector. Police say apparently Saxton was able to smuggle in the taser, and then use it.
"What does it say about somebody when they're the one sneaking the weapon into the park? That doesn't show much maturity," said Kazen.
Saxton is being held in the Santa Clara County jail pending arraignment. Santa Clara police say they're continuing to scrutinize cell phone and park surveillance video to track down others responsible for Saturday's crimes.

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