Two sisters charged after brawl at Whitehaven IHOP

Published: Jun. 19, 2016 at 2:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2016 at 5:47 PM CDT
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According the General Manager, Janika Nellums is an employee at IHOP. (Source: SCSO)
According the General Manager, Janika Nellums is an employee at IHOP. (Source: SCSO)
Shanika Strickland (Source: SCSO)
Shanika Strickland (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two sisters have been arrested after a Saturday night brawl at IHOP in Whitehaven.

The fight happened at the IHOP near Southland Mall in Whitehaven.

The General Manager told police that employee Janika Nellums and her sister Shanika Strickland got into a fight with other restaurant employees as a baby sat just a few feet away.

A video of the fight has been circulating around social media. You can watch it in the post below, but be warned the video does contain adult language.

"I think that was really ridiculous," IHOP customer Janet Smith said.

One of the victims told police she and Nellums got into an argument Friday about work. Saturday the brawl broke out.

The women involved in the fight threw chairs and caused $1,000 in damage to the restaurant.

"That's why I don't go out to eat because of stuff like that. You be too scared," Shayna Witherspoon said.

Police said one suspect was even holding her new nephew during the fight. The baby was crying almost the entire time.

"Somebody was holding a baby and still trying to fight. It's ridiculous," Smith said.

Nellums was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment before being taken to jail.

Both Nellums and Strickland are charged with assault and vandalism.

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