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Charge Reduced for Mall Easter Bunny Who Fought Toddler's Dad

Lawyers say they hope to vindicate 'the bunny'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2016 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – A New Jersey mall Easter bunny who got into a scuffle with a father last month has had a criminal charge against him downgraded, the AP reports. According to NJ.com, authorities say Juan Jimenez-Guerrero attacked Kassim Charles, who had been playing the role of the Easter bunny, when his toddler slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken. A video posted online shows the two men exchanging punches at the Newport Centre.

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On Wednesday, a judge downgraded the aggravated assault charge against Charles to the disorderly persons offense of simple assault. Charles' defense attorney says they look forward to vindicating "the bunny." An update on the aggravated assault charge against Jimenez-Guerrero, whose wife says he was just trying to protect their child, is unavailable. (Read more Easter bunny stories.)

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