Neighbors Say Mom, Kids
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Some neighbors in North Memphis say one family is terrorizing their block. The mother and her daughters are accused of beating-up two people and the teenage sons are in hot water too.
Neighbors living around that house say they could tell story after story of how they’ve been harassed by a single family, but this expands beyond neighborhood violence.
Six children in state custody, their mother behind bars, it’s the result of months of violence and problems on Calvert Avenue.
“It feels good to be able to walk out of my house and not be threatened, harassed…and take my grandson to the park and have a good time,” said Robin Marr.
Marr said for months, she and many of her neighbors have been terrorized by Mary Vaught and her children.
Marr filed an order of protection against Mary Vaught five months ago, but she said that didn’t stop the violence.
She remembers recently when another neighbor tried to turn their car around in Mary Vaught’s driveway. She said the driver was attacked with sticks and bricks, causing more than $5,000 worth of damage to his car.
When he stepped out of the truck, one of the children hit him in the back of the head and busted his head,” she said.
Marr said the violence toward her and many of her neighbors began when they started asking Vaught’s children to behave and stop harassing them. Marr knew the Vaught family was having a difficult time and said she even offered to lend a helping hand.
“I tried to help them when they were down on their luck,” she said. “They had no utilities. The mother was in and out. The children weren’t being taken care of. I was nice to them.”
“Somebody has to take charge of the children,” said Minister Braddock, who lives across the street. “Those kids would play out in the street until three in the morning. Sometimes it would be pouring down rain, or storming and they’d be running up and down the street.”
Mary Vaught was arrested early this week for violating the protection order Marr filed against her.
Two of Vaught’s six children have missed a combined 44 days of school and were tardy 47 times this year alone.
“In this case, we filed a petition with this parent, petitioned the court to have those children placed in protective custody,” said Harold Collins, the truancy coordinator for Shelby County.
As a result, the Department of Children services removed six children from the home. Their ages range from 8 to 17.
“Anytime you have a 15 and 16-year-old that are that violent, they need some help and now the state has stepped in,” said Marr.