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Two 12-year-old girls are facing assault charges for their vicious attack on an autistic child. According to Fox 8, the violent attack was recorded on multiple cell phones. The 11-year-old autistic victim and her sister were walking home when they were approached by the two 12-year-old girls. The incident, which took place on Apr. 25, began with bullying and taunting, but quickly escalated into a physical altercation that left the victim battered.
The victim’s mother, Joyce Swann, recently spoke with local news station News Net 5. Swann revealed this is not the first time her daughter has been bullied and unfortunately, she doesn’t think it’ll be the last time. She also shared details about her daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5. Being taunted has become a way of life for the victimized child.
“Because she’s autistic, she acts and she thinks that this is normal, because it’s been going on for so long,” Swann said. “It’s normal for people to bully her and pick on her and fight her. They always talk about her. She’s bald-headed, she’s black, she’s dirty, different things. Putting her down, making her feel bad. At one point in time, she was suicidal. She wanted to die because nobody liked her, she didn’t have no friends.”
Although the footage only showed the two girls beating the victim, there was reportedly another woman involved – Calia Harris. Throughout the video, she can be heard instigating and cheering on the attackers, screaming, “Beat her up!” The 30-year-old woman happens to be the mother of one of the attackers.
She has also been charged with aggravating a riot. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department has stated that the two girls have been arrested and are currently being held at the Cuyahoga Juvenile Detention Center. They face multiple charges including felony aggravated riot, two counts of abduction and two counts of misdemeanor assault.
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