A mother has been accused of forcing her twin sons to fight a 14-year-old boy she believed was intimidating them.
Ruth Aracely Lopez, 32 - said by police to have links to gang - repeatedly followed the boy as he made his way home from school.
He said she cut him off in her Ford Expedition while flashing gang signs and screaming 'SWC'.
SWC stands for Southwest Cholos, a Hispanic street gang in Houston, Texas.
On the night of the fight, the teenager went outside his apartment to find out who was yelling and the intimidating mother shouted at her children and an unknown man to 'get him' . Her twins ran at him, before Lopez then pushed them into the scared boy, reported the local station.
The unidentified male then lifted his shirt to reveal a semi-automatic handgun tucked into his waist before punching the frightened child in the left eye, the report continued.
The boy fought back until neighbours broke up the fight and called police.
The mother snapped a photo of the beaten boy and threatened to have him killed if he ever bothered her twin boys again, according to court documents cited by the station.
Lopez was charged with felony injury to a child and posted $5,000 bond.