Las Cruces mom accused of punching teen at bus stop

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - A woman suspected of punching a 14-year-old girl during a school bus stop brawl was arrested Monday.

Brandy Nicole Tapia, 32, is charged with one count of child abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to investigators, Tapia's 14-year-old daughter got into an argument at a bus stop Monday morning near the corner of Valleyview Avenue and Harrison Street after a boy asked the girl if it was true her mother had been in a fight over the weekend.

Shortly after the initial argument, the teen left the bus stop and came back with her mother in a black Jaguar. Investigators say that Tapia pulled up and immediately began yelling at the kids at the bus stop and told the teenage boy to get his mother so she could beat her up.

A 14-year-old girl who was also at the bus stop approached Tapia's car to ask her to leave. Investigators say that's when Tapia's daughter got out of the car and began fighting with the other girl before Tapia got out and punched the teen in the face.

Witnesses say Tapia got back into her Jaguar and drove away with her daughter. The victim and her friends reported the incident to authorities as soon as they arrived at Vista Middle School.

Court documents show that Tapia claimed her daughter was constantly being picked on at the bus stop. She admitted to being on the scene but told investigators that "everything happened so fast" she didn't even know what happened, according to the documents. 

Tapia was arrested Monday evening and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where she is currently being held without bond. 

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