While in Howell's case, it was the biting (the play biting) that prompted Leah's terrible taping, the the woman's story plays out much like Lemansky's sordid tale. The parallels are downright eerie.
"I warned her. I told her I was going to teach her not to bite the baby again even play biting," the woman noted with her pictures.
Much like Lemansky, Howell didn't initially see what all the fuss was about. Even when police showed up at her doorstep.
Upon visiting the home, Detective R.C. Barkley (yes, that's his real name) stated that Howell's boyfriend appeared dumbfounded, telling police it wasn't "a big deal" and Leah wasn't "physically hurt."
"I could take a lie detector test and prove I meant her no harm and it was a joke," Howell would later note in court documents.
And, like Lemansky, Howell claims the muzzle taping was only in effect for a moment or so.
Finally, again, just like Lemansky, Howell seemed unable to get over the idea that people were mad at her. Neither owner responded well to the sudden outcry over their actions.