Beauty Queen Loses Crown Over Scuffle

WBLT-TV (Jackson, Mississippi), October 11, 2010

The first “Miss Kentucky Latina” has been stripped of her title and is facing felony charges after she allegedly assaulted two people in Madison County, KY.

Daniela Gaskie, 22, is the reigning Miss Kentucky Latina, a first for the state.

She was arrested last Wednesday in Richmond and is charged with two counts of assault after two separate attacks.

Police say Gaskie first stabbed Swifty employee Jonathan Carpenter in the neck with a pen after he didn’t let her into the gas station.

Police say Gaskie apparently then ran across the street and got into a fight with pharmacist Mary Ann McKinley in the parking lot of M&M drugs.

The 59-year old pharmacist says Gaskie punched her in the stomach, kicked her and tried to bite her.

Police say they believe alcohol was a factor in the alleged attacks.

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Daniela Gaskie, beauty queen (left) and defendant.


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[Daniela] Gaskie was Miss Kentucky Latina until pageant officials learned about her arrest last week after police said she stabbed a gas station attendant and beat up a pharmacist in Richmond, south of Lexington.

Mary Ann McKinney, a pharmacist at M&M Drug, reportedly saw a woman beating on McKinney’s car. She walked outside and approached the woman, who started beating her.

“She immediately kicked me with her knee into my abdomen and ripped at me and tore my glasses off and ripped my neck and scratched me and busted my lip. Had a knot on my head. She was quite wild,” McKinney told CBS affiliate WLKY.

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Police said Gaskie also stabbed an attendant at a gas station across the street from the drugstore.

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Police charged Gaskie with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Her arrest report stated officers detected alcohol on her breath and that she told them she was being profiled for being “Mexican.”

The Miss Latina U.S. organization {snip} stripped her of her title Tuesday.

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McKinney said she first learned about the title Gaskie held when her friends looked into her car and saw a Miss Kentucky Latina sash.

The Miss U.S. Latina organization also learned that Gaskie was married and said they would have taken away her crown sooner had they known that information.

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