Mother of teen charged with beating held in jail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a Memphis teen charged with bashing a West African immigrant's head with a baseball bat over a parking dispute has been ordered held in jail after being accused of threatening immigrant's family.

Shelby County General Sessions Judge Gwen Rooks on Friday increased bond for 33-year-old Tanya C. Wilkins from $10,250 to $160,000. The Commercial Appeal ( ) reported that witnesses heard Wilkins threaten the family of 67-year-old Alassane Sy after a recent court appearance.

Wilkins is charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault for allegedly shouting death threats at 47-year-old Kadia Sy, 41, and 2 of her children in May. Wilkins' son, Mariquez Moore, has been transferred to adult court on attempted first-degree murder charges in the attack on Alassane Sy, who suffered permanent brain damage.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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