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Woman Accused Of Choking Teen Who Blocked View Of Disney Fireworks

A Michigan woman's Magic Kingdom fairy tale took a dark turn this week, according to Florida police.

Walt Disney World guest Tabbatha Kaye Mature wasn’t acting in a very mature manner when she allegedly choked a teen who blocked her view of a fireworks display, according to cops in Florida.

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, Mature, 41, of New Baltimore, Michigan, was seated in front of the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday for the nightly fireworks display. When the fireworks started, a group of high school students seated in front of Mature stood up and blocked her view.

Mature, police said, “became aggravated” and demanded the teenagers sit down. When the teens instead decided to leave, a girl in the group told Mature, “You can take our spot.” The victim claims Mature responded by attacking her.

“She wrapped both hands around my neck and began squeezing,” the girl told police, according to the arrest affidavit.

The teen said Mature released her when she started screaming and told her, “You don’t want to mess with me.”

The alleged attack was reported to Disney employees, who alerted sheriff’s deputies.

Mature was arrested late Wednesday and charged with felony child abuse. She was released from the Orange County Jail after posting $2,000 bond. It wasn’t clear Friday whether she has an attorney.

The affidavit indicates Mature also gave a statement to police, but for reasons that remain unclear, it was blacked out in the copy released by the sheriff’s office.

“If it is exempt from disclosure, it gets redacted,” a spokesperson said in an email to HuffPost.

David Lohr covers crime and missing persons. Tips? Feedback? Send an email or follow him on Twitter.  

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