Iyesha K. Porter, a 34-year-old woman of Detroit, Michigan, became enraged after discovering what she believed to be a love letter between her 15 year-old daughter and another girl from her school on November 11th.
Instead of talking to her daughter about the letter, Porter grabbed her daughter from school and began viciously beating her while calling her gay slurs.
In court, her daughter testified about the abuse.
She grabbed my hair and she was trying to drive, but weaving, and then she let it go and I hit my head, her daughter said.
Once she got her daughter home, the beatings didn’t stop. Her daughter claims that Porter continued to beat her even though her daughter denied that the letter was a lesbian letter but a letter between 2 best friends.
She said, ‘You’re not my daughter and you’re never going to live in this house again, she said.
The police arrested Porter and placed her daughter with her father. Officer Donnie Harris, of the DPD, testified in court that Porter called her daughter a gay slur believing that she was too young to be gay.
Her daughter was ‘too young to be a dyke, Donnie Harris, of the DPD, said, quoting Porter. She could make that decision when she was older, but not right now.
Now, because of her actions, Porter was charged with third-degree felony child abuse, and assault and battery by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the Fair Michigan Justice Project.
Dana Nessel, president of Fair Michigan, shared that abuse like this is common and often goes ignored.
This case is an unfortunate example of the physical and mental harm that LGBTQ youths suffer when their sexual orientation is discovered by hostile family members, Nessel said. The Fair Michigan Justice Project, in association with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Detroit Police Department, stands ready to aggressively prosecute these brutal crimes committed against members of the LGBTQ community.
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