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Applesauce assault case at Bob Hope Airport thrown out by judge

April 20, 2010 |  3:45 pm


A judge today threw out a misdemeanor battery charge involving a woman who was accused of hitting an airport security worker during a dispute over bringing applesauce and other items onto a plane at Bob Hope Airport.

Prosecutors charged Nadine Kay Hays, 58, who was traveling to Nashville with her mother, with the  battery charge after the reported fight with the Transportation Security Administration agent last April. The agent claimed that Hays made a fist and struck her on the hand during the tussle.

Hays denied striking the agent, arguing that she merely brought down her hand to keep agents from taking away her 93-year-old mother’s applesauce, cheese and milk, which were inside a cooler.

“I am not going to plead guilty to something I didn’t do. I’m a person of character,” Hays, whose mother died last month, told the Glendale News Press. “I end up reliving this disaster every spare moment of my life. You just flash back and you see these scenes over and over.”

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: KTLA News