DeKalb father serving jail time after encouraging daughter to fight

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County father pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to encouraging his daughter to take part in school fight.

Timothy Taylor, 45, will spend 60 days in jail after prosecutors said he drove his 12-year-old daughter to a school bus stop on Post Oak Drive in Clarkston to have her fight a 14-year-old classmate from Tucker Middle School.

In a YouTube video you can hear Taylor encouraging and coaching his daughter.

"I was shocked. I wish I could say it's the only case we've had. We've heard of other instances where parents are encouraging not just bad behavior, but criminal behavior," said DeKalb County Solicitor General-Sherry Boston.

Taylor is also required to do 200 hours of community service and a parenting class.

"When I see it, it's still shocking to know the mom's on the sidelines being a cheerleader, telling their daughter where to hit Quinnaya and how to punch her," said Quateka Durden, the mother of the 14-year-old victim.

Charges were dismissed against the girl's mother, 32-year-old Shequita Cade. Prosecutors believe she was also present during the fight.

"The message we want to send to the community is I will absolutely prosecute parents that encourage their children to engage in criminal activity," said Boston.