Jennifer Petkov Arraigned in court: Up to 4 years in prison; loss of kids and being a felon. Ouch!
A woman who has gained worldwide notoriety for tormenting a 7-year-old girl dying of Huntington's disease and her family was arraigned Friday afternoon in 33rd District Court on charges of felonious assault and reckless driving.
If convicted of felonious assault, Jennifer Petkov, 33, of Trenton could face up to four years in prison. The charge of reckless driving is a misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to 93 days in jail.
Petkov is accused of trying to run over a neighbor at about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday as the woman was crossing the street in the 200 block of Detroit.
Thirty-third District Judge Michael McNally set Petkov's bond at $75,000/10 percent and scheduled a preliminary examination of the evidence against her for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26.
Petkov's attorney, Scott Weinberg, asked for a personal bond. He said Petkov is the mother of four children, is not a flight risk and has no criminal convictions.
Trenton police Detective Sgt. James Smellie confirmed that there are no criminal convictions on Petkov's record. He said, however, that police have had many incidents with her and she is on probation for a disorderly conduct charge.
Smellie said there has been an ongoing feud between Petkov and a neighbor and it is escalating.
The driving incident was witnessed by two people. Police were told that Petkov was in a red Impala in her driveway, with the vehicle facing the street. The witnesses said Petkov then attempted to run over the woman as she was crossing the street.
The woman told police that she would have been hit if she hadn't jumped out of the way.
Petkov has been involved in a neighborhood squabble with Rebecca Rose for two years and it has escalated recently, police said.
The squabble gained international attention after Petkov posted pictures on the Internet of Rose's 24-year-old daughter, Laura Edward, who died last year of Huntington's disease, and Rose's granddaughter, 7-year-old Kathleen Edward, who also has Huntington's. Her grandfather also died of the disease.
The girl's family has said she has about a year to live.
The pictures posted on the Internet showed the late Laura Edward being hugged by the Grim Reaper and her daughter, Kathleen Edward's, face superimposed on a skull and crossbones.
Huntington's disease is a progressive genetic disorder that destroys the brain and causes death. There is no way to stop or reverse the disease, according to the website of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Petkov also is accused of taunting Kathleen and her family about the child's impending death.
Petkov has apologized for posting the pictures on the Internet.
According to police, the woman crossing the street was going to visit Rose.