Petkovs Back in Court for Alleged Personal Protection Order Violations

Edward family accuses neighbors of harassing them on Facebook again and shouting at 8-year-old girl with a terminal illness.

After nearly three hours, a judge adjourned a hearing on an alleged personal protection order violation against Jennifer and Scott Petkov on Tuesday afternoon.

Judge Lita Masini Popke adjourned the hearing after listening to Robert Edward, 27, and Rebecca Rose, 45, describe several disturbing comments directed toward them and their family on Facebook. 


Jennifer and Scott Petkov each had two personal protection orders on them from Rebecca Rose and Kathleen Edward. All live or lived on Detroit Street in Trenton.

Edward appeared in court on behalf of his 8-year-old daughter, Kathleen, who was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease six years ago. Rose, Kathleen’s grandmother, said the disease is terminal. Laura Edward died as a result of Huntington’s disease on June 17, 2009.

Rose and Edward said they believe Jennifer and Scott Petkov violated the personal protection orders by creating different Facebook profiles in order to harass Kathleen.

Some of the comments left on Rose’s and Edward’s Facebook pages were:

  • “Block party when that kid dies.”
  • “Now her daughter will die.”
  • “How does it feel to know Kathleen will die?”

Edward said Facebook has taken down any photos of Kathleen posted alongside comments because she is a minor, but the comments remain. He said Facebook did not remove the comments or delete the many profiles created with the names of Jennifer and Scott Petkov.

Jennifer and Scott Petkov denied creating the profiles on Facebook and leaving disturbing comments on various pages. Rose and Edwards also denied creating the Facebook pages and commenting on their own pages.

Jennifer Petkov said she has not had a Facebook page since immediately after the October 2010 event and that she had not had Internet access during the time many of the Facebook comments were made.

Scott Weinberg, the attorney representing the Petkovs, said anyone could have created the Facebook pages and there was no proof it was his clients.

“You can’t prove the negative,” Weinberg said. “Just like Rebecca Rose surmised that the fake profiles weren’t hers … anybody’s page can be hijacked.”

Weinberg said there has been no contact between the Petkovs and Rebecca Rose and Kathleen Edward.

Rose and Edward also claimed Jennifer Petkov violated at least one of the personal protection orders by shouting at Kathleen as Edward helped her out of a car and placed her in a wheelchair. Edward said Jennifer Petkov shouted that she “had just seen the best thing ever” in reference to him placing Kathleen in the wheelchair.

Jennifer Petkov said she was not shouting at the girl, but instead talking loudly on her phone. Police were called and they told Jennifer Petkov to get inside her house, according to a Trenton Police report.

“There’s no restriction that she can’t be on her own property,” Weinberg said. “We deny there was any intentional communication.“

Rose said she no longer lives on Detroit Street, but did at the time the alleged violation took place.

After nearly two hours of hearing testimony Tuesday, Judge Popke said she would recess the hearing and then was called away to another trial. A hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building in Detroit.

Popke said any sentencing that might take place at the next hearing would happen on the same day as the ruling.

Jennifer after she received 18 months probation in February on an assault and battery charge. Her probation was suspended in August.

If found guilty of violating the terms of the personal protection orders Scott and Jennifer could each serve up to 30 days in jail.

Jennifer and Scott Petkov did not want to comment on the hearing and referred all questions to their attorney.

*In the previous version of this article Trenton Patch said Jennifer Petkov was still on probation.

jamie lynn December 21, 2011 at 01:22 AM
Petkov is not on probation. She is living back on Detroit st. I really wished these news reports could get correct info before posting .
jflip December 21, 2011 at 03:35 PM
OMG What Riff Raff. She needs to move.
Nate Stemen (Editor) December 21, 2011 at 04:17 PM
@jamie lynn: The correction has been made. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Kathleen Power December 21, 2011 at 05:29 PM
What kind of people could do something so cruel, so horrific as to hurt this beautiful child and her family???? Does she have any children???? Sure hope not, they say karma is a bi%ch! And NOW the Petkovs' want to be left alone??? What's the matter...they don't like being harassed???? Too bad!!
Irene Hall December 23, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I feel so bad for the Petkov's children. I wish Scott and Jennifer could have taken their feelings under consideration before this whole thing snowballed into such a mess. I only hope that society will treat the children better than the Petkovs treated the Edwards/Rose family.
Irene Hall December 26, 2011 at 12:57 AM
I'm extremely glad to hear the the Honorable Judge Lita Masini Popke is not a rubber stamp judge. Perhaps there will be Justice for the Rose/Edward family after all. Restores my faith in the system!
Stefanie Nicole Lewis December 26, 2011 at 07:29 AM
She was the Judge in my divorce. Very fair an honorable woman. Much respect for her. :-)
Tara Schiano January 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM
May God have mercy on the souls of Jennifer & Scott Petkov because where they are going they will certainly need it.
wendy walker January 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I say Jennifer Petkov is a lucky woman... If I was dying and knew someone was harrassing my sick child??... well just say that the grim reaper picture would have been of me clutching JP and bringing her with me when I went.... This woman is pathetic for the things she has done to that poor little girl. I hope she finds the same Peace she allowed that family to have while they were grieving... NONE Shame on you Petkovs... I hope your children never suffer what you have dished out to others.
warmmom January 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
In all my 68 years of life on this earth I have never heard of such cruel and demeaning acts toward a dying child!!! These people are definitely crazy for real!!! I mean NOT responsible for any of their actions!!!! They should be committed for life!!!
Eliza January 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Ironic that JP wants to be left alone! She should have left that poor girl alone and stopped her immature crap. JP you deserve the hell thats coming your way. I hope people bother you bc you deserve that. Actions always equal consequences, your an adult you should know that!
Christine Mcinerney January 12, 2012 at 08:46 PM
You have got to be kidding me what kind of a nut would make fun,harras,post pik about a child dying Petkov is a sick,demented and has some sort of mental issue for this to happen if it happened to me i would have knocked her the f out,a 9 yr old sick baby you pick on ,hey petkov why dont u come pik on me!!!!!!!!!!
Ray Mann January 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM
The Petkov's are dispicable people to have made these comments about anyone, let alone two terminally ill neighbours, one of them being just a child. Despite their appology, I hope that the judge in the case penalises them as much as the law permits. They can't be human and their comments are something that you would have expected from Nazi's.
kirk jensen January 13, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I can't believe what a f_ _kn bich that women is. I hope that there time left on earth is filled with suffering. I know god will have his day with them and he won't be very forgiving. Burn in hell skank...
Brooks Wilson January 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
...what goes around,comes around.usually 3 fold.i wouldnt want to be standing next to her when it does....im a firm believer that if all you have to give in this life is pain and hatred,that is all you will ever get back.the thought and site of this woman makes me sick to stomach,i think ill avoid her awful presence for fear of vomiting in my mouth...


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