HOUSTON – It was supposed to be a memorable moment for the parents of a soon-to-be 1-year-old girl, but the photo shoot to capture the milestone will be remembered for a different reason.
The Allen family said while taking pictures and 30 minutes into their photo shoot a woman, who KPRC2 has identified as Franci Neely, started to harass them. They also accused Neely of putting her hands on the father as he recorded the encounter.
“These were our first professional shots we have taken of the baby since she’s been born,” said Kelyn Allen, the mother. “It was something that was supposed to be very special for us, and I hate the fact that, when I look at these pictures, this is what I have to remember.”
Broadacres, which is near the Museum District, has become a popular spot for people to take pictures for weddings engagements, birthdays and other occasions, because of the beautiful landscape.
Isaiah Allen and his wife, Kelyn Allen, were excited about their daughter Anja’s first birthday and wanted to capture the moment with a photo shoot.
Initially, they had planned on taking pictures at Hermann Park, but it was too busy, so their photographer suggested Broadacres. It happened to be the same spot where the Allens had their engagement pictures taken, and they did not have a problem there in the past.
“It was pretty quiet. There were some other photographers taking pictures, people walking their dogs, couples, so it was pretty peaceful, pretty quiet,” Isaiah Allen said. “A lot of people said, 'Cute baby.' They were smiling, that sort of thing.”
But the Allen family said that all changed when Neely pulled up and approached them. They were repositioning some of the props when Neely drove up in a Jaguar.