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Florida authorities charge Alabama woman in beating in line for Disney World ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Alabama woman has been charged with beating and kicking a woman she said cut in line at a Walt Disney World attraction, authorities said.

Victoria Walker, 51, of Anniston, was released from Orange County jail after posting a $4,000 bond Tuesday, nearly two months after the altercation while in line for the Mad Tea Party.

Walker was with her 11-year-old daughter when she yelled obscenities at Aimee Krause, 35, of Clemont, Fla., and shoved two children with Krause, according to a sheriff’s report. Walker grabbed Krause from behind and began beating her until witnesses pulled the women apart, the document said.

Disney security responded and called sheriff officials who made a report and allowed the woman to leave.

Injuries reported

But Krause told the Orlando Sentinel that her doctors diagnosed her with a concussion, a herniated disc in her cervical spine and post-traumatic seizures.

This prompted an arrest warrant to be issued for Walker on June 11. She was taken into custody in Alabama and extradited to Florida on Sunday. Walker has been charged with felony battery.

“Everybody was going to get on the ride,” sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said. “You shake your head and wonder how this could happen.”

Krause told the newspaper that she has not worked or driven since the attack and needs weekly visits with a neurologist.

“My life has been ruined,” Krause said. “I am not a vindictive person, but I want her to get the maximum. I want her to set a precedent, that you can’t get away with that sort of behavior.”

Asked for security

Krause said she and others asked at least twice for the ride’s operator to call security and have Walker removed.

Walt Disney World spokeswoman Andrea Finger said employees followed the proper procedures and security responded to the scene right after the attack.

“Cast members are trained to contact security when they identify a disturbance. In this incident, the cast member did just that,” Finger said.

A number for Walker in Alabama has been disconnected. During the investigation, Walker told deputies that Krause elbowed her while in line and that her actions were a result of Krause’s behavior.

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