sondra-scarberA woman from Mesquite, Texas claims she was beaten to the point of unconsciousness after defending her son from a group of bullies. She fears she was attacked because she was a lesbian.

Sondra Scarber, 27, and her partner of three years, Hillary Causey, have been raising Causey’s four-year-old son, Jaxon; they took him to a playground on February 17, where a group of older boys began to pick on him.

Scarber told the bullies to leave Jaxon alone and confronted the father. According to Causey, the father became enraged when he realized that Scarber — who has short hair and was dressed in baggy clothes — was a woman and that she and Causey were lesbians.

WFAA reports:

“When he walked up thinking it was father and mom with the kid, he wasn’t as angry,” said Causey, 26, “but then when he figured out it was a female, he got like super pissed, and I don’t know why.”

She said the man punched and kicked Scarber repeatedly, hurling homophobic slurs at her while she lay on the ground, unconscious.

“He was like, ‘well if you think you’re a man… I’m going to treat you like a man,’” Causey said. “All she kept saying was, ‘I’m a female. I’m a female…’ She never even had time to take her hands out of pockets to try and block herself.”

Scarber’s jaw has been wired shut, her face badly swollen and  bruised, and to relieve the pain she has to squeeze a syringe of medicine between her teeth.

The Mesquite police aren’t treating the assault as a hate crime as of yet since the dispute between the children was at the core of the conflict.

Regardless, the police are on the lookout for “a black man, about 5’7″, who weighs 185 pounds. He was wearing a royal blue T-shirt and jeans, and was driving an early 2000’s silver Chevrolet Impala with temporary tags. Police say he was with a black woman, about 5’5”, 140 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.”

While Scarber wants her attacker caught, she is particularly worried about Jaxon, who after witnessing her being beaten has had trouble sleeping and is afraid to return to the park.

“I think it’s evil to treat somebody in such a way and get away with it,” Scarber told WFAA. “I don’t think it’s okay to put someone in this much pain because you don’t think it’s okay for me to raise my son.”

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