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Firefighter, Mom Accused of Beating Woman Who Was Feeding Stray Cats

An off-duty L.A. firefighter and his mother are accused of attacking a 47-year-old woman who was feeding stray cats in their West Adams neighborhood.

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Fire engineer Ian Justin Eulian, 37, and Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, 70, were each charged Tuesday with one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury in the Sept 14 attack.

The physical assault allegedly began as a verbal altercation and was captured on surveillance video, according to a statement from the D.A.’s office.

Eulian is accused of approaching the victim while she was sitting in her parked car in the 2500 block of West View Street just after midnight.

The firefighter allegedly leaned into the victim’s car and started yelling at her.  She responded by throwing pieces of kibble at him at which point he allegedly punched her, according to the D.A.’s office.

Prosecutors say Eulian was then joined by his mother and the assault escalated.  “Eulian then pulled the victim out of her car and allegedly punched the victim once or twice more as she fell to the ground motionless,” prosecutors said.

Eulian and Fontaine helped the victim back into her car and drove the woman to her home where they allegedly told her she had tripped and hit her face on the car.

Eulian is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 17, and his mother’s arraignment is set for Oct. 18.

If convicted of all charges, Eulian faces up to seven years in state prison; Fontaine faces up to four years in state prison.