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Article updated: 3/27/2013 7:11 PM

Elgin woman gets probation for telling daughter to fight

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An Elgin woman has admitted encouraging her daughter to fight a rival last April and was sentenced to 18 months probation and 150 hours of public service, according to court records.

Anita R. Joost, 47, of the 11N500 block of Hunter Trail, also must pay a $1,215 fine and has a felony on her record after her guilty plea last week to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records.

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If she slips up between now and September 2014, she could be resentenced to up to three years in prison. Joost originally faced up to seven years in prison on the most serious charges, which were dismissed as part of the plea agreement accepted by Kane County Judge James Hallock.

Joost, who did not have a criminal record prior to her arrest, must complete the community service hours by March 2014, have no contact with two teen victims and their families and stay away from Shadow Hill Park in Elgin, according to court records.

Police accused Joost of driving her 16-year-old daughter to the park in the 300 block of Cassidy Lane on the city's far west side to fight another 15-year-old girl.

According to a police report, Joost's daughter told her mother that a girl that she had issues with at school wanted to meet her at the park to discuss their problems.

But police reports said the daughter told her mother she wanted to attack the other girl and that Joost drove her to the park for that reason.

At the park the girls began talking but at one point Joost told her daughter to, "Kick her (butt)," according to Elgin police.

Her daughter tried to get the girl to fight by calling her names and getting in her face.

According to police, the 15-year-old refused to fight, and Joost began recording and taking photographs of the confrontation with her cellphone.

The daughter eventually pushed the girl down, punched her and pulled her hair.

After the girls pulled away from each other, Joost threatened the other girl, police said.

Joost, who was free on $5,000 bond while her case was pending, could not be reached for comment.

Her defense attorney, Kimberly Klein, declined to comment.

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