The nation and world were shocked when Amy Inita Joyner-Francis was beaten to death in her high school bathroom, in a fight reportedly over a boy; now three girls involved in the death of the Delaware teen have been charged. According to reports, only one of the three Howard High School of Technology students actually touched/physically assaulted Amy. That assailant, a 16-year-old, will be the only one of the three girls that the Department of Justice will be attempting to charge as an adult.
Police are confident that only one of the assailants actually hit Amy Joyner-Francis because of a recovered cellphone video, a video recorded by one of the other two girls also being charged in the late April incident.
As Fox 13 Now reports, that cellphone video shows one of the three girls charged in the beating death hitting Amy repeatedly in the torso and head with a closed fist.
According to the report, the video also shows the 16-year-old girl exiting the bathroom after brutally beating Amy, leaving the victim disoriented and bloody on the floor. Court documents indicate that the badly-beaten teen went into cardiac arrest soon after the three girls, now charged in her death, left her alone in the girl’s bathroom.
An autopsy report in the case of the death of Amy Joyner-Francis revealed that the high school student had a pre-existing heart condition, which contributed to her death. However, according to officials prosecuting the three girls that have now been charged in the case, even with the heart condition, Joyner-Frances would not have died in the bathroom that day had she not been brutally attacked.
The 16-year-old girl that the Department of Justice is attempting to charge as an adult for her part in her classmate’s death was charged with criminally negligent homicide. If she is convicted, she faces up to eight years in prison.
The other two girls being charged in the case are looking at maximum sentences of one year in prison. They are being charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy. Authorities say they were charged due to their part in what is being called a “planned assault.” According to law enforcement, the three girls spent roughly 20 hours leading up to Amy’s death talking and writing about what they planned to do to her.
The two girls charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy will be charged in a Delaware juvenile court, and according to reports have no prior criminal records.
The “fight” (in reality a little more than a deadly jumping) took place on April 21 just after 8:15 a.m. inside one of the Howard High School of Technology’s bathrooms. Multiple student accounts to the media have indicated that the three girls who have now been charged in her death attacked her over a boy. After Amy was found bleeding in the bathroom, she was transported to the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where she died due to the extent of her injuries coupled with her heart condition.
Mayor Dennis Williams spoke out about the tragedy soon after the news of the girl’s death was made public.
“I am so upset that a young lady lost her life today, things like that shouldn’t happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, the administrators and this city.”
After the news of the three girls responsible for Amy’s death being charged broke, people took to social media to share their thoughts.
What do you think? Does the potential punishment fit the alleged crime in this case? Were the three girls responsible charged harshly enough for their roles in the death of their classmate?
[Image Courtesy Of Amy Inita Joyner Memorial Page/Facebook]