A group of teenage girls were charged Friday with viciously attacking a mentally challenged Pennsylvania woman and then posting a video of the beating on Facebook.
A concerned neighbor alerted police in Chester, Pa. to the video Thursday and law enforcement mobilized a dragnet for the six girls seen on the recording.
Four girls, between the ages of 16 and 17, were arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, burglary and harassment. Two other girls are still being sought.
The assault occurred Tuesday night. The pack of girls, around the age of 16, approached a woman sitting on the front steps of her Chester home and begin to smack and punch her. “I’m gonna f— this b—- up,” one girl announces. The attack was caught on a surveillance camera at a nearby convenience store.
The 48-year-old mentally challenged victim tried to escape into her home, but the girls followed, and the beating continued. One girl filmed the attack on a handheld device.
“They beat the bejesus out of her,” said Detective James Nolan. “But the attack was more degrading than physically damaging.”
The girls follow her up to her apartment and corner her and continue to beat her.
The obscenity-laced video was posted on Facebook in an effort to boast about the attack, police said.
“It’s the fastest way to let the town know what you did,” said Nolan.
The victim, who hasn’t been identified, didn’t go to the police, but did seek medical treatment.
In the video, a pack of teen girls are seen ‘unmercifully’ beating a mentally challenged woman, according to police.
The names of the girls were not immediately released.
“What gets most people is the lack of concern for human life. They are treating this person as if she were an ‘it,’” Nolan said.