Woman Taunted Dying 7-Year-Old Neighbor
She's the woman who taunted her dying 7-year-old neighbor by posting pictures online. Now Jennifer Petkov is apologizing for her mistakes. INSIDE EDITION reports.
What kind of woman would taunt the family of a little girl who is terminally ill with a brain disease?
And what kind of woman would post a Facebook photo of the dying 7-year-old as the skull in a skull and crossbones?
Jennifer Petkov did that and more, in the culmination of a neighborhood feud gone shockingly wrong.
Kathleen Edwards's grandmother Rebecca Rose describes Petkov's actions as "pure evil."
Cruel taunts were thrown from the Petkov home to Kathleen's house on a suburban street in Trenton, Michigan. Believe it or not, Kathleen's family says the whole fight erupted over a misunderstanding about an invitation to a child's birthday party.
Kathleen is dying from Huntington's disease, an incurable brain disorder that also took the life of her mother at age 24.
Petkov, who lives in the house directly across the street, allegedly felt snubbed because her children didn't get invited to a little kid's birthday party at Kathleen's grandmother's house.
In revenge, the neighbor posted a photograph of Kathleen's dead mother, doctored to show her in the arms of the Grim Reaper, on Facebook.
She also posted the awful skull-and-crossbones photo of the dying little girl.
And there was more.
"She stood on her porch and yelled, when Kathleen was out here, 'I wish that kid would hurry up and die,' " says Rose.
Petkov's truck was also rigged out as a hearse, although she claimed it was for Halloween.
Petkov agreed to meet with INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent at her lawyer's office, where she read a prepared statement.
When the Facebook photos came to light, they triggered outrage and a wave of sympathy for Kathleen's family in their hometown near Detroit.
"I want to apologize to little Kathleen and her family. What I did was insensitive and wrong, and I am truly sorry," Petkov read.
But she steadfastly refused to say anything more. She let her lawyer, Scott Weinberg, do the talking.
"It seem that you're only apologetic now because the whole world's coming down on your actions," said Trent.
"It's been very difficult for her. However, she did apologize," said Weinberg
"What do you say? Don't look at him, you can answer that question," said Trent.
She finally relented a little.
Trent asked her, "Have you learned a lesson? You can answer that one...have you learned a lesson?"
"Yes," she said.
"And that is?" Trent asked.
"To keep my opinions and my views to myself," said Petkov.
"Regardless of how repugnant those opinions might be?" asked Trent.
Weinberg said, "She's apologized for anything that she might have done."
It's an apology that the dying little girl truly deserves.
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