CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA — A group of girls beat up a mentally challenged woman outside of her home, and then posted a video of the attack on Facebook, NBC Philadelphia reports.
The girls approached the woman, who was out on her stoop on 12th and Morton, and one of them started to throw punches at the 48-year-old. They began to use chairs and other weapons, and the attack then moves inside the victim’s first-floor apartment.
The victim, whose name is being withheld, did not the call the police, but received treatment at a crisis unit.
Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail said he believes the beating took place on September 25, between 8 and 10 pm. They have tracked down three of the suspects, and are looking for three other attackers. The three in custody are 15 and 16-year-old sisters, and a 16-year-old friend. They are awaiting charges of aggravated assault and related offenses, and will be charged as adults.
The video caught the attention of a local parent who saw the video on Facebook and reported it to the police. Commissioner Bail said the attack could have gone unnoticed if the parent hadn’t reported it.
One of the officers said the girls aren’t owning up to the attack, although one of them did surrender at police headquarters Thursday, accompanied by her mother.
“The parents are upset.The girls are defiant. It’s like they didn’t do anything wrong,” the officer said.
The victim told neighbors she is going to move from her apartment because she was too afraid to stay. A neighbor, Len Worby, said the victim was attacked two weeks ago, and hit over the head with a gun.
The names of the suspects will not be released since they are juveniles, but because of the nature and severity of the crime, they will all be tried as adults.