Woman Who Taunted 7-Year-Old Sentenced
Jennifer Petkov, who made national headlines for taunting a terminally ill 7-year-old girl on Facebook, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday.
A woman who gained national attention after taunting a 7-year-old girl dying of Huntington's disease on Facebook pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday to an assault and battery charge at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.
Judge Carole Youngblood sentenced Jennifer Petkov, 33, to 18 months probation with the following conditions: psychological evaluation with treatment if recommended, substance abuse evaluation with treatment if recommended and anger management.
Youngblood ordered Petkov to have no contact with her neighbor, Tana Boling, or the five-block area of Detroit, Washington, Cleveland, Parkplace and Roerig streets.
The contact restrictions also require Petkov to move out of her house in 100 block of Detroit Street and any violation would result in Petkov serving 93 days in the Wayne County Jail, according to Maria Miller of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to Petkov’s attorney, Scott Weinberg, the Petkovs plan to move from their house in Trenton, but have had difficulty selling their house.
Petkov was initially charged with felonious driving and reckless driving for allegedly trying to run over a neighbor's friend with her car as she was crossing the street in the 200 block of Detroit Street in October.
According to police, Petkov has had several disputes with her neighbor, Rebecca Rose, over the past few years. Rose is the grandmother of 7-year-old Kathleen Edward, who was diagnosed with Huntington's disease. Kathleen's mother, Laura Edward, died as a result of the disease last year.
Petkov admitted to posting pictures of Kathleen and Laura Edward on Facebook. The pictures were altered to show Laura Edward being hugged by the grim reaper and Kathleen Edward's face placed over a skull and cross bones.
According to Weinberg, Petkov has taken down the pictures and "does not post on that Facebook page."