KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family says their teen daughter is being treated like a criminal when she is really a victim of teen domestic violence.
Johnay Wright, 17, has spent the last two nights in a Jackson County jail. She faces a domestic assault charge after she and her father assaulted her ex-boyfriend, Cullen Landis, 18.
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According to court documents, Josiah Wright, 38, says he assaulted Landis after the teen sent a threatening text message to his daughter. He told police he also held Landis so Johnay could strike him as well.
Paula Humphrey is Johnay's aunt. She says the teen has never been in trouble before and is scared.
"She's never been in trouble before, never ever. We might take her phone because the school calls about her grade, but that's about it," said Humphrey.
Humphrey says following the attack on Tuesday at Ruskin High School and Johnay's arrest, she went through Johnay's phone. She said disturbing text messages highlight the abusive relationship.
"This is my first time seeing those text messages. They're very disturbing. For him to be a high school student saying you're going to kill another student." said Humphrey.
Landis was released from the hospital on Friday. He's now recovering at home.