Oklahoma City Woman Won't Face Charges in Birthday Party Assault

The Canadian County District Attorney has declined to file criminal charges against an Oklahoma City woman accused of crashing a 12-year-old girl's birthday party and encouraging her daughter to punch the birthday girl in the face. 

Charges of Burglary & Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

In the incident, Gina Hinkle, 33, was arrested on complaints of trespassing, burglary, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Her 9-year-old daughter was was ticketed for assault and battery.

The alleged assault occured at a birthday party on August 28.  According to the parents of the birthday girl, Hinkle and her daughter showed up uninvited to the party and started verbally assaulting their daughter because they were upset that Hinkle's daughter had not been invited to the party.  Hinkle then allegedly told her daughter, "Stand up for yourself and do something," and the 9-year-old punched the 12-year-old girl in the face, giving her a black eye. 

The birthday girl's mother then lunged for Hinkle, but she was restrained by her husband. The alleged victim's father, Shawn Hurst, said the incident was the result of longstanding problems between the two girls.  According to Hurst, the problems began when Hinkle's daughter accused his daughter of bullying her on the school bus. 

However, he claims that the girl's accusations were false, and that video surveillance on the bus showed no wrongdoing on the part of his daughter. Hurst said the families used to live in the same neighborhood, but that the Hursts moved as a result of the ongoing problems with the Hinkles. 

No Charges Filed

Hurst told reporters that he is disappointed that Hinkle won't face state charges, but that he has not yet decided whether to file a civil suit. Gina Hinkle's attorney disputes Hurst's story.  He claims that Hinkle and her daughter were invited guests at the birthday party, and that the younger child decided to go to the story despite allegedly being bullied by the older girl.  After they arrived, things took a turn for the worse, and Hurst's wife, the mother of the birthday girl, tried to assault Hinkle.

Although no state charges will be filed, according to Oklahoma City police, city trespassing tickets are still pending against Gina Hinkle, and her daughter is still facing charges of assault and battery in Oklahoma City.  To read more interesting cases check out the Phillips & Associates homepage.

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