Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

July 15, 2014

Stabbing suspects claim self defense

WEATHERFORD — By CHRISTIN COYNE

The two women charged in a July 4 stabbing in Hudson Oaks say they were acting in self-defense.

According to Hudson Oaks police, 33-year-old Misty Morosky told police that two women attacked her following a minor collision after the Boomin’ 4th event.

Police have charged Ceara Renteria, 21, of Crowley, with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and injury to a child, alleging Renteria slashed and stabbed Morosky multiple times about the neck, back and arms and injured Morosky’s 10-year-old son, who attempted to intervene. Morosky, who was airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital, also reportedly told police that Renteria choked her to the point of losing consciousness.

However, Renteria disputed Morosky’s account, telling the Weatherford Democrat in an interview at the Parker County Jail Thursday that Morosky threw the first punch and was choking Renteria when Renteria stabbed her.

Renteria said she attempted to push the 10-year-old boy out of the fight but did not believe she hurt or injured the child.

Haley Maupin, Renteria’s 17-year-old cousin, who is charged with assault causing bodily injury, admitted to fighting with Morosky but said she didn’t hit the woman until she was punched more than once while attempting to break up the fight between Renteria and Morosky.

A man with Morosky also kicked and beat the cousins during the fight, according to Renteria and Maupin, who said they sustained minor injuries.

Renteria’s fiance, who, according to Maupin’s account, attempted to separate the fighting women and man, rode an ambulance and was hospitalized for more than three days with head injuries caused by the other man, the family said.

Renteria and Maupin say the incident started when a man with Morosky walked up to the car driven by Renteria’s fiance and kicked the door while swearing and shouting at them, according to the women.  

Renteria and Maupin said they did not feel an impact and don’t believe their vehicle struck the vehicle Morosky was in.

Morosky wrote on Facebook that “drunk Mexicans hit my truck [and] tried to run.”

Renteria said she was not drunk but believed Morosky was.

Maupin said she was concerned that the situation might escalate and gave two younger girls in the car a knife kept in the vehicle in case they needed to use it.

Renteria said she and her fiance got out of the vehicle and, while he spoke with the man, she and Morosky examined the vehicles.  

Renteria said she was attempting to show that the paint colors didn’t match, when the woman punched her in the face, knocking off her glasses.

Very quickly, the two were on the ground fighting, she said.

“If you hit me in the face, anybody in their right mind is going to fight back,” Renteria said.

Maupin said she attempted to separate the two women but Morosky punched her so she struck back.

The woman’s husband also began striking and kicking the women, the two claim.

Maupin said the incident shouldn’t have gone as far as it did but the two were acting in self-defense.

Renteria said she didn’t pull the knife, which she said she carries for protection, until the woman’s hands were around her throat, choking her.

She first attempted to strike the woman with her fists – while holding the knife – in a bid to free herself and then intentionally stabbed Morosky once in the back at the base of the neck, Renteria told the Democrat.

Morosky reported in Facebook postings that she was stabbed five times in the back, missing her lung by half an inch; had her neck, including her jugular vein, cut; and received stab wounds to both arms. Her injuries required surgery and 28 stitches, according to her account. She posted pictures of many of her injuries.

The Democrat attempted to contact Morosky but did not receive a response.

Renteria said she has epilepsy and was concerned that Morosky was going to trigger a seizure and possible coma by choking her.

“I didn’t want to kill this woman,” Renteria said, adding that she didn’t even want to fight her to begin with but Morosky put her hands on Renteria. “It wasn’t just like we were trying to attack this woman.”

Renteria said she was unaware the boy was injured and said she attempted to keep him away from his mother and her.

It was possible that he was scratched by her long fingernails when she palmed his head and pushed him away, Renteria said. “I’m not going to put my hands on a little kid.”

“I do apologize for what happened,” Renteria said, adding that it was a traumatic thing to go through for both sides.

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