Canadian police have arrested two 15-year-old girls who gained infamy on Saturday after they were filmed brutally beating a 35-year-old woman the teens called a “crack head.” The case especially gripped headlines because it was originally thought the victim was pregnant. That was later found to be untrue.
The Daily Mail has more:
The 15-year-old girl caught on tape beating a woman she believed to be pregnant was arrested and charged with assault Tuesday.
The arrest stems from an extremely disturbing video that showed a verbal altercation between a group of teenagers and a 35-year-old woman turn violent.
Though police have said that the victim is not pregnant, she claimed she was during the fight, and the teenagers proceeded to aggressively beat her anyway.
The teen who was arrested was part of a group. Others joined in, while a young man stood by and filmed it all. The Toronto Star reports two teens have been arrested and charged in the incident, while police are still looking for the third girl.
The Star interviewed the victim:
“It felt like they were dancing on my head,” said the 35-year-old homeless woman, who asked that her name not be published for fear of retribution.
“I didn’t do nothing. I was just panhandling,” said the woman, wiping tears from her eyes as she sat in a Parkdale coffee shop. She showed off a series of bruises on her arms and head. Nasty cuts marked her hands, her face was also heavily bruised, and a deep gash was visible on her upper lip.
She struggled to chew a muffin because of the pain in her jaw.
The Daily Mail describes what you’re about to see:
In the span of the recorded 2 minutes and 55 seconds, the women trade insults on a public side walk.
Witnesses pass by without interrupting when the fight is only verbal.
One of the young men in the raucous group approaches the woman from behind and throwing gum in her hair.
At points, the victim whistles loudly, as if to call attention to the scene, though she does not seem in a hurry to leave. She is perfectly able to walk away, and she does at one point, but then comes back to the instigators.
The fight turns physical when the woman swings a small jacket at the group of screaming girls, hitting a bottle leading it to break on the ground.
The woman tells the group- at a number of different points- that she is pregnant, though that does little to stop their taunts. One girl yells: ‘You’re pregnant and you’re trying to fight b***hes?!’
‘Why are you still here? You’re not even looking at me, you’re looking distant! Concentrate!’ one of the young girls taunts.
The girls proceed to hit the woman in the face, kicking her to the ground. When she hits the floor, she is in visible pain yet they continue to kick her in the head, back, and stomach.
You can watch the graphic video blow (content warning for language):