Violent Teen Culture Emerges in Video Attack by 4 Teen Girls of Special Needs Girl in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Four teens were charged Thursday in the attack of a girl with special needs that was recorded on cellphone video after she refused to engage in sex acts.

Three girls — ages 13, 14 and 15 — faced charges including aggravated battery and mob action, according to Chicago police. They turned themselves in to police with their parents Wednesday night.

A fourth girl, 15 years old, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with aggravated battery, police said.

The girl who was targeted in the attack, meanwhile, went missing for several days and was only found the day after video of the incident — posted Monday on Twitter — went viral on social media. She was located Tuesday, five days after her father reported her missing, and she was treated for injuries and released from Comer Children’s Hospital.

She was then taken into protective custody Wednesday as the state Department of Children and Family Services investigates an allegation of neglect, a DCFS spokesman said. The agency has had previous contact with the family, the spokesman said.

The two younger girls charged in the attack appeared together for a hearing Thursday morning at the Cook County Juvenile Justice Center before Judge Terrence Sharkey, each wearing a juvenile detention uniform of a purple shirt and navy sweatpants.

The Chicago Sun-Times is not identifying the girls or their mothers because the girls are charged as minors.

The 14-year-old, who wore her hair long to her shoulders, was released to the custody of her mother and ordered to be placed on electronic monitoring.

“She’s a good girl when she wants to be,” the girl’s mother said after court. The mother added that older girls in the neighborhood were a bad influence on her daughter.

The older girl, who wore her hair short, was ordered to be placed on electronic monitoring, but she will be placed at the Saura Center — a temporary shelter for juveniles who would otherwise be kept in juvenile detention. That girl’s mother had told the judge that she feared for her family’s safety if she returned home.

“I’m fearful for my life and for my daughter’s life,” the woman said. “I don’t think she’d be safe to leave out this courtroom.”

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