Petkovs' Neighbor Tells Trenton Police: ‘I Can’t Take It Anymore’

Jennifer Petkov's former neighbor files a complaint with police, claiming the harassment of her and her dying granddaughter has continued.

Rebecca Rose, the grandmother of a terminally ill child who gained attention after a neighbor harassed her on Facebook last year, told Trenton police on Thursday that she's still being targeted.

“I’m done. This is my life ... this is my dead daughter, my handicapped daughter who can’t even sit outside without (being called) a retard...this is my life,” Rebecca Rose told Trenton Patch on Friday.

Rose, a grandmother of a , spoke out Friday about what she told police is constant harassment aimed at her and her granddaughter that has been going on for years.

The harassment, she said, is coming from Facebook posts, attributed to a handle that appears to be associated with her former neighbor , 33. Jennifer Petkov made national news last year after she taunted the dying girl on Facebook.

Rose said the most recent incident was Thursday, also via Facebook, and just one day before the anniversary of the girl’s mother’s death.

Both the girl, Kathleen Edward, and her late mother, Laura Edward, were diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. Laura died from the disease on June 17, 2009.

Rose filed the latest complaint with Thursday, after she said she received several messages on her Facebook page from a Facebook user claiming to be the Petkovs at about 9:30 p.m.

Rose was “crying and extremely upset,” according to the report, and told police that the constant harassment had been going on for years.

Facebook documents Rose gave to Trenton police showed comments allegedly attributed to the neighbors stating:

“Detroit St. Party, When that kid dies, cause boys and girls it’s to happen.”

“Dead and gone, only a few more hours till party time, I’m going to visit a grave and take a piss.”

Rose told police, who then confirmed, that she has served Personal Protection Orders against Scott and Jennifer Petkov. The Personal Protection Orders stated that there is to be no communication to Rose, according to police. 

Police said they tried to obtain a written witness statement from Rose, but while she was writing she stated, “I can’t take it anymore” and ran out of the Trenton Police Department crying. 

Police tagged the six Facebook documents they received from Rose as evidence.

Rose told Trenton Patch she wants the harassment to stop for the sake of her dying grandchild. She said she wants her remaining days to be peaceful.

"Doctors say Kathleen might not live another year," Rose said. "She has seizures and is in a wheelchair."

She also wants the harassment to stop because she said she is tired of her life consisting of harassing comments and hateful language toward her and her daughter.

Rose is a neighbor of the Petkovs' in the 200 block of Detroit Street, although a judge forced Jennifer Petkov to move in February after to 18 months probation for an assault and battery charge. Jennifer Petkov was initially charged with felonious driving and reckless driving after allegedly trying to run over a neighbor's friend with her car as she was crossing the street in October 2010.

Jennifer Petkov no longer lives at the house on Detroit Street, but Rose said she has seen her several times since the judge ordered her away from the house.

Jennifer Petkov first made national news after she posted photos of Rose’s daughter and granddaughter on Facebook. The doctored images were of Laura being embraced by the grim reaper and Kathleen in a skull and cross bones.

Rose told Patch she believes Jennifer Petkov started her negative behavior over an unanswered text invitation to a birthday party.

“It’s not a damn neighborhood dispute,” Rose said. "I don’t do anything to these people. Sometimes I might get pissed and say things I probably should not have said, but it’s after they say things to me.”

Rose said she plans to hold a candlelight vigil for her daughter Friday, June 17, on Detroit Street.

Update: When reached Monday afternoon Trenton Police Chief William Lilienthal said the case was under investigation and declined to comment.

Also, many readers asked how to help the family, and wanted to offer prayers or words of support.

Raven Cassidy June 20, 2011 at 07:13 PM
This just show's that there are sociopaths living in everyday society. This women needs to be locked up for good !!! they should put her in a rubber room
Ann Morris Burrows June 20, 2011 at 07:14 PM
these are just sick and evil minded people. Ignore them they are looking and getting their jollies from uour pain and you just feed their mental control by responding to their taunts. EVIL Cyber BULLIES !
john June 20, 2011 at 07:15 PM
This world cannot survive this level of hate, greed and selfishness. We are all doomed.
Nancy Owen June 20, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Tread lightly Mr. & Mrs. Petkov, for God sees all. Harassing a dying child may not be forgivable even in His eyes.
martygirl21 June 20, 2011 at 07:16 PM
I am really angry about this!...What kind of people would do this?...and to a dying child now less?! God is judge He will do what He sees fit to these people!..My heart and prayers go out to this little girl and her grandmother. I think FB should take notice and remove the Petkov's accounts all together.
Cheryl Hazzlerigg Hingle June 20, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Why can't these ignorant fools be charged with something? Harrassment,abuse orf the infirm, something... ANYTHING???? C'mon Police Dept.------ DO YOUR DAMN JOB___WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD??????
Vicki JustPlain Vicki June 20, 2011 at 07:17 PM
No offense Ed but apparently you havent kept up with this story or something because this has been going on for yrs and the "legal" system hasnt done anything to help or prevent it cause it is continuing.....These people need to locked up somewhere for a long time and far away from anyone except each other!!!!!!! I normally wouldnt wish painful illness/health on ANYONE cause I live with it daily but I would for sure make an exception for these 2 and then let everyone treat them the way they are treting a child and that's what makes this story so sad....it is a child who has already lost a parent to this disease and knows she is also going to die from it!!!!!!!!!!
Eric S June 20, 2011 at 07:18 PM
No kidding. I don't see this harrassment sustaining if just a few people banded together and did the job the courts should have long ago. BTW, 200 block of Detroit St, Trenton, MI. From there it won't be hard to find....follow the stench.
John Hetzler (Editor) June 20, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Oscar, sorry for the confusion on my end. I was not referring to your comment, but other comments (by other users) that have been deleted from the site for violating the Terms of Use. Thanks.
Emily O'Dell June 20, 2011 at 07:19 PM
I could say something so rude about this Jennifer Petkov person.... However I am going to keep my harsh comments to myself and reserve what I have to say for this little girl and her grandma... You are a brave little girl to be enduring this illness with the grace and innocence that only a child can bring to life for all of us cranky grown ups. You may hear or read more ridiculous comments but you have a grandma who loves you and wants only for you to be happy. I had a friend once quite recently actually who was angry that I did not invite her to my baby shower; there is a history there which is what provoked my decision. Just remember, you are not obligated to take this garbage from anyone, however it shows how strong you are to know this goes on and to have the ability to just let it be. To Rose, I am sorry that so shortly after your daughter passed away you must endure this garbage from such crappy people. All I can say is all you need to do is ignore the actions of these obviously jealous and self righteous people and focus on your granddaughter. I can only imagine how hard it is to do that, and I know that getting rid of Facebook would not get rid of the Petkovs. Just keep in mind, what goes around comes around and in due time they will get their just deserves, whether it's jail time or something else. Just enjoy the time you have left with your granddaughter and forget about these people. Lots of love to you and your's.
Eric S June 20, 2011 at 07:20 PM
What threats? I've seen no threats. But trust me, many of us want to. Stating a need for justice and protection to the girl isn't a threat. But trust me, I am so tempted. All that is stoipping me is the legality of it.
Daryl Younker June 20, 2011 at 07:21 PM
I am not a Facebook user. Is there a way to tell who a message is from before opening it? If so, Grandma would be better off not looking at the posts, rather than reading them and getting herself all upset. What the Petlovs are doing is horrible, but maybe by ignoring them, they will eventually go away, instead of having their egos boosted each time they realize how much hurt they have inflicted.
Dayna June 20, 2011 at 07:22 PM
I am reading this article with my jaw on the desk....how awful for that little girl and her poor grandmother! Just unspeakable cruelty.
RollTide June 20, 2011 at 07:23 PM
What possibly will the Legal System do? Not enough in my opinion...
Crystal Moore Garyantes June 20, 2011 at 07:24 PM
how can a person be so full of hatred and evil to pick on a child, lock her up and throw away the key! God will take care of her on judgement day!
Jill June 20, 2011 at 07:24 PM
This is sickening. This Petrov woman is one sick human being. Why does an innocent girl have to be subjected to this torment? Why is it that the innocent suffer and the truly demented seem to carry on? I hope something horrible happens to the Petrovs so they can see what it's like to be on the receiving end of being bullied. I hope they don't have kids of their own. That would be a crime to think they might be raising kids.
Kathleen Bossio June 20, 2011 at 07:25 PM
I am wondering what non-response would create. Sometimes our own reactions can fuel the fire (I am in no way blaming you for this very broken person's actions, I've just learned that some comments are best left with no response. ) We once had a neighbor (in no way anything like your experience) who was furious about a home addition. For years and years he talked trash, and I do mean trash, to my husband. We chose non-response. When his words escalated to a threat, the police were drawn in. I am so sorry you are dealing with this during such huge challenges. I imagine every word is s sword in your heart. Does it make sense to simply avoid the site where these comments appear? Very concerned...
Harold Herula June 20, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Why is the neighborhood putting up with these losers ??? If this was my neighbor, the matter would be taken care of, end of story. People of Detroit St......get off your butts and do something about this !!
Dominique Coppola June 20, 2011 at 07:26 PM
What is wrong with this neighborhood? Or this town? Do something, run these people out. An eye for an eye. Sick bastards. How can anyone be that cruel. She needs to be put away and throw the key out. Anyone who torments a child, a dying child is sick. She is obviously unstable, she tried to run her neighbors friend over. Wake up Detriot Street, you do not look very good to the public, that you allow this person to live in your area. God Bless Rose and her darling granddaughter. My thoughts and my prayers are with you both. They say what goes around comes around, I am not sure that is true but lets hope they get theirs.
JUDITH HARTMAN June 20, 2011 at 07:26 PM
These Petkovs must be dumber than ummm.......Forest, Forest Gump!
Mike June 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Someone tell me why?
Sandra Tussing June 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM
It is really sad that there are some evil spirit people such as Petkovs in our society. It may be possible to have Petkovs removed from the community if they don't own their home. The whole neigborhood residentials can sign up the drawn up petition to have Petkov people remove from the area. It will be more powerful statement for the landlord remove Petkov from his or her rented home or the apartment complex.
trish June 20, 2011 at 07:30 PM
This is one of the sickest things I've ever heard! She should be locked up and believe me you that same Grim Reaper she is taunting that poor child with will come and get her when her day comes and it will come and it won't be pretty! Sick bleep!!!
me June 20, 2011 at 07:31 PM
May God continue to bless this 7-year old angel and her wonderful grandmother. God will not give you more than you can handle so please know that this must be for a bigger reason. God may be using you as a vessel to get the justice system will change laws to protect the innocent victims of hate crimes, you never know. Please know that you will be in my prayers now as you are already in many others. God Bless. I try to live a peaceful and non-violent lifestyle, but I am only human and am wondering how no (family, friends, or fellow neighbors) one hasn't physically assulted them. I am usually for ignoring ignorant ppl, but this is beyond belief to me. These 30+ ppl are mocking a child and harassing a grandmother!? This is crazy. I agree with others that thesse ppl will pay for this through their karma or it will be passed to future generations, but this needs to be handeled now. There is nothing wrong with them menatlly if they can use photoshop so they are just filled with eveil. They are disgusting and I hope they repent and ask this grandmother for forgiveness.
Demitri June 20, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Send them to this address Scott A Petkov 167 Detroit St Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 479-0776
Demitri June 20, 2011 at 07:32 PM
You mean here? Scott A Petkov 167 Detroit St Trenton, MI 48183 (734) 479-0776
Penelope June 20, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Here's the thing. Whether it's karma, reaping what you sow, getting what you give etc.....your behaviour is coming back to you in the end. You can NOT treat people this way and expect to live a happy life. And the beauty of it is, when it does come around there is some force of nature that reminds you why.
Kathy June 20, 2011 at 07:34 PM
You know......this wack job needs to be put away. She is disrespectful beyond belief. This disease is a very serious one I know my ex boyfriends grandma died of from that and I saw how she ended up it was truly sad and heartbreaking because I knew her as a child and it also runs on his side of the family and there are more of his family who just recently found out they have it. My kids father don't so I pray it skips them. This b...ch needs a reality ck and some sense seriously knocked into her head!!!!!!
jan manuel June 20, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Yes pure evil really does exist. This woman should be jailed and for more than just a few weeks. Karma will get you, you evil troll. But why can't Grandma just block their posts and ignore their page? I know other people are reading this viciousness, but they are only making fools of themselves and showing people what they really are. Grandma needs to ignore Facebook and create the best possible environment for the little girl. Please surround yourself and granddaughter with beautiful things and good friends. I know it's difficult not to be upset, but it's only making things worse for the child when you become enraged.
Sue June 20, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Sadly, this kind of thing isnt as rare as people think. I have a handicapped Son who's been attacked not only by my neighbor, and frightened into seizures...but ALSO, two police officers which happen to be my neighbors good friend! I cannot tell you how hard it is when you know if you dare try to protect the poor kid, You will end up in jail. In all my 50 years...I've never seen anything like this. I always thought the police would protect children, or the very weak such as harmless mentally & physically handicapped people. I was terribly wrong though, cause we have been living through this horror for a year now. I pray to God, we find a way to sell this house, and move away from here as soon as we possibly can. Good luck to that poor Grandmother, I honestly feel your pain. God Bless you, and keep you strong.


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