When busy mom of four Janice Guzman discovered a local drug dealer had tried to sell her two eldest children drugs, she was understandably furious. Her kids, Justin (14) and Madison (12) were walking home from school when they were approached by 26-year-old Elijah Marshall, a known dealer living in the area. Marshall offered the two kids a bag of what they later described as ‘white powder‘. The two kids refused the dealer’s offer and ran home to tell Janice that Marshall had approached them.
“Nobody tries selling my babies drugs,” Guzman told reporters. “I knew I should have contacted the police, but I was so angry, I rushed out of the house, got in my car and drove round to Elijah’s house. He was sitting in a chair on his lawn, enjoying the evening sun. He looked like he was going to wet his pants when he saw me pull up outside his house.
“I jumped out of my car and started yelling at him. He denied everything, but I knew he was lying because my kids always tell the truth. I was so angry at this time that I opened the trunk of the car and grabbed the first thing that came to hand – a Wii Fit.”
Incredibly, the five foot four inch mom then began smacking the five foot eleven Marshall in the face with the Wii Fit. “I was screaming at him as I smashed the Wii Fit over and over into his face. He was pleading with me to stop, denying he’d done anything, but I didn’t care.”
Concerned neighbors rang the police. By the time they arrived, Marshall was lying in his driveway in a pool of blood, his face a mangled mess.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said LAPD officer Garry Wade. “The guy’s lying on the ground pleading for his life with his face all busted up, and there’s this little angry woman stood over him with the remains of some sort of plastic toy in her hand covered in blood.”
Both Marshall and Guzman were arrested at the scene. Marshall was taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. A search of his home revealed large quantities of crystal meth, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs. Guzman has been charged with assault, though police expect her to get off with a fine.
“I know I should have called the law,” she said, “but I just saw red when my babies told me what he’s done. Nobody messes with my babies. Nobody.”
Did she do the right thing? What would you have done?