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Cell phone video shows teens attacking a special needs teen, and the police say
Three people in Illinois have been charged Thursday in connection with the beating of a 15-year-old special girl, who was admitted in a video that went viral, according to police.
Chicago Police Lt Ozzie Valdez, told reporters that the two girls were charged with aggravated battery, while a third was charged with mob action. The girls are 13, 14 and 15, were charged as juveniles. The charges are misdemeanors.
In the video, which was recorded on Monday and posted on social media the next day, the victim was heard screaming and saw waving her arms as if she was trying to fend off her attackers, as the audience laughed. The video was reportedly posted by a person who is self-described in a caption as a friend of the girl, who said she has a “mental disability.”
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The unidentified victim was missing from her south side home, a few days before the attack took place on Monday. She was found on Tuesday night and taken to a hospital where she was treated before being released. The police told reporters that the victim be placed “in a safe and secure environment.”
Valdez told reporters that they learned that the victim is “in a meeting with some guy who she thinks is her friends.”
“The girls are then taught her how to flash a gang sign and, as it happened, a pulsing began, which was captured on video,” he added.
“What are the actions in the video are difficult to watch, to say the least, and I hope that she has a teachable moment not only for these young people, but for all of us,” Superintendent of Police of Chicago, ” Eddie Johnson said. “The amount of hatred, bullying and intolerance are the cancers of our society that have nothing to do but to break and divide us.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the victim was attacked after she refused to engage in sexual activity. Authorities have declined to confirm the information Thursday, but added that she would not go into the details that are involved in the juvenile animals.
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The teens were arrested after going to police with their families on Wednesday evening, and the two of them appeared in juvenile court on Thursday morning. The Sun-Times reported the 14-year-old suspect was released to her mother, she was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.
“She’s a good girl when she wants to,” the girl’s mother told the newspaper after the hearing. She added that the older girls in the neighborhood were a bad influence on her daughter.
“I’m not beating up on anybody,” the mother added. “I’m just so annoyed by all of this.”
The 15-year-old defendant was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed in a temporary juvenile home, according to the Sun-Times. The girl’s mother told the court that she was concerned about her family’s safety and the safety of her daughter back into the house.
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The parents of the girls, told the court that she had received several threats against his daughters and their families, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Valdez said the investigation is still going on, and more and more people can see it in the video, you can also be prosecuted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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