Mother denies using car as weapon in alleged attack


MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Charges have been dropped against a Memphis mother accused of crashing her car into her ex's.

Three counts of assault against Monique McClain were dropped.

At the time of her arrest, McClain called our newsroom and said she was innocent of the accusations.

Again, the prosecutor dropped all charges.

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother accused of crashing her car into her ex's after he brought along his new girlfriend to pick up their daughter told her side of the story Friday.

"I shouldn't have spent that night in jail," Monique McClain said Friday. "And I know that. I know that in my heart"

After a child exchange in this parking lot went sour, investigators charged McClain with three counts of aggravated assault.

According to the affidavit of complaint, McClain used the front of her car to ram the back-left side of her daughter's father's occupied car three to four times, at five to ten miles per hour. She was charged with assaulting her own two-year-old daughter.

"It's been very difficult," she said, "and I promised myself I wasn't going to cry about this anymore."

In response to our story Thursday evening, McClain called our newsroom to tell her side of the story.

"I did not ever strike his car," she said.

She said the front of her car has no damage, though affidavit lists about $800 dollars worth of damage to the other car.

"I haven't been to a car shop," she said. "I haven't had anything done to my car. I can't afford to do that. I don't have time to do that."

McClain says she is not an angry ex-girlfriend, adding that investigators did not show up on scene or interview her.

"But this whole process I felt like I was guilty until proven innocent instead of innocent until proven guilty," she said. "I'm not pleading guilty to something that I didn't do. None of the charges are even close to being accurate."

McClain posted $7,500 bond. She's set to return to general sessions court in June.

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