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Lexington woman is accused of accelerating car toward middle schooler

A Lexington woman accused of accelerating her car toward a middle school student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a harassment charge.

Juliann Reynolds, 42, declined to comment when reached by phone after her arraignment in Fayette District Court.

According to a criminal complaint, Reynolds was driving out of the parking lot of Edith J. Hayes middle school — where Reynolds' daughter and the alleged victim are classmates — as the middle schooler crossed the street on the morning of March 20.

The female student, who was not identified, had to "run out of the roadway to avoid being struck" by the vehicle, according to the document.

The complaint said the incident was the latest in a longstanding disagreement between Reynolds and the victim's mother. Reynolds told police "she has had a problem with the child and her parents since kindergarten," the document said.

Lisa Deffendall, spokeswoman for the Fayette County public school system, said school officials "have dealt with conflicts between the parties in this situation" for several years.

The complaint accused Reynolds of "following the family in and around public places and uttering profanity at the juvenile" in the past.

Reynolds was released from the Fayette County jail on a $2,000 bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family.

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