INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 19, 2015) – A 14-year-old girl was formally charged Thursday in the brutal beating of another girl at an Indianapolis park.
The girl is facing a total of three charges for the attack at Brookside Park including one felony charge of criminal confinement, one felony charge of battery resulting in bodily injury and a misdemeanor charge of battery resulting in bodily injury. These charges were filed in juvenile court. The teen is also facing a felony charge of battery by means of a deadly weapon for a separate incident Saturday night in which she is accused of wearing brass knuckles and trading punches with a 12-year-old girl outside Circle Centre Mall.
Since these charges were filed in juvenile court, CBS4 will not release the name of the suspect.
The girl in the beating was identified after graphic cell phone video of the fight went viral Saturday night. The video shows a girl severely beating another girl and then shoving the victim’s 5-year-old brother to the ground.
Lt. Richard Riddle with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the video helped their investigation.
“Obviously, I can’t speak to the motivations of the person (who) uploaded this video on social media, but it actually helped our investigation because it allowed us to see firsthand what may have occurred that day,” Riddle said.
The victim’s stepfather, Perry Bailey, said he was upset about the alleged attack.
“What really set me off the most was that….that child actually (sat) there and actually blindsided my daughter, you know, for no reason,” Bailey said.
Earlier this week, the mother and the grandmother of the 14-year-old girl apologized to the victims and attempted to explain their child’s behavior.
“Actually I know there is something more going on with [her], so I’m not surprised,” said Shawn Taylor, the suspect’s mother. “She has been in counseling before. I mean, this is not our first rodeo.”
Taylor said her daughter suffers from diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other ailments.
“[She] has been needing help,” said Shelia Taylor. “We have asked for help. My daughter has paperwork stating different places where she has gone and asked people for help.”