Mom accused of helping kids vandalize home with raw chicken, peanut butter

Mom accused of helping kids vandalize home with raw chicken, peanut butter

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Tara Mauney, 41, is accused of criminal mischief in Colleyville.

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by MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

COLLEYVILLE, Texas –– The Colleyville mother accused helping several middle schoolers vandalize a nearby home with raw chicken, mustard and peanut butter turned down a deal from prosecutors Thursday morning. 

Tara Mauney, 41, had no comment when she walked into the Tarrant County Courthouse. Her attorney, J. Warren St. John, said prosecutors offered her probation, but she turned it down because she claimed she did nothing wrong. She is charged with felony criminal mischief. 

"She was not present when the house was marked up," St. John said.
 
Mauney was charged in connection with a prank that happened in July of last year. She's accused of helping cause about $6,000 in damage. Authorities said the vandals put raw chicken in a mailbox, toilet papered the house and wrote offensive graffiti with mustard and peanut butter on the driveway and on the home's stucco walls.
 
Police said store surveillance video shows Mauney helping several children buy the items used in the incident, including toilet paper.
 
"She took the kids to Walmart," St. John said. "That's not against the law. She took the kids to buy toilet paper; we're not even going to argue that issue. I could go buy 6,000 rolls of toilet paper today, it's not against the law to buy toilet paper."
 
Mauney, who is out on bond, faces six months to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. No court date has been set.  
 
Her attorney said it could go to trial unless they reach some type of agreement beforehand.

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