Erika Paulino-Gerena: Voodoo necklace dispute at Walmart sends Stuart woman to slammer

A flap involving "voodoo necklaces" at a Walmart parking lot left a Stuart woman behind bars, according to recently released records.

A 39-year-old man told Port St. Lucie police Oct. 15 he was meeting the mother of his children, Erika Paulino-Gerena, 31, for a child exchange in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in the 10800 block of South U.S. 1.

He said they argued, and that Paulino-Gerena had given "voodoo necklaces" to the four children, which he didn't approve of them having.

No word on whether the argument involved cursing, but the "voodoo necklaces" evidently spelled trouble.

Voodoo rhymes with muumuu, a large, loose-fitting dress, and with Lulu, the first name of Jefferson Davis "J.D." Hogg's wife in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series.

Voodoo features prominently in the name of the Voodoo Glow Skulls, a punk/ska band that formed in California, and in the Jamaican Voodoo Posse, a gang in "Predator 2," the 1990 film starring Danny Glover and Gary Busey.

Meanwhile, he said he took the necklaces off the kids and cast them in the parking lot. That, he said, is when Paulino-Gerena removed the phone from his hand and smacked his face.

Paulino-Gerena, of the 1200 block of Southeast Palm Beach Road in Stuart, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

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