A Washington woman's Facebook post about her 15-year-old daughter's arrest has gone viral. And now the local sheriff's department is issuing a statement of their own, and it completely changes the context of the woman's posting.
What did the woman say in her post?
The woman, identified on Facebook as Mai Klein, reported that her teen daughter was the victim of a "brutality attack" by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
Klein wrote that officers allowed their a K-9 to maul her while she was handcuffed, and said that her daughter "blacked out twice" during the arrest.
Klein's post wrote:
So I had a tragedy this early morning my 15 yr old daughter was brutality attack by Pierce County Sheriff at around 1am they dragged my baby girl and let there [sic] K9 mole [sic] on her back and leg after the police already had her in handcuffs and down. She blacked out twice and the officers shaked [sic] her to get her up to walk they told her she was not going to get any help that she had to heal herself she begged for help and they treated her like she was nothing. They never read her any rights and now we been [sic] in the hospital since 330 am police brutality on a 15 yr old girl with no weapons or ever in trouble I'm devastated as a mom. Please someone hear this repost.
Klein also shared graphic images of her daughter's injuries, which appeared to be consistent with a dog bite.
You can view the post here, but be warned — the photos are of a graphic nature.
At the time of this writing, Klein's post has been shared more than 16,000 times.
What did the police say?
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department issued their own statement in response Klein's post.
The department's update said that sheriff's department received several inquiries about the nature of Klein's viral Facebook post.
"Our department consistently makes efforts to be very transparent and we would like to put out the facts about what occurred to dispel any rumors or false narratives," the post explained. The post went on to detail the traffic stop — which occurred in the early hours of Friday morning — which resulted in the teen's injuries.
"At 1:06 a.m. on Friday June 8, 2018, a Washington State Patrol trooper spotted a white Ford Windstar minivan with no rear taillights on Pacific Ave. S. and 167th St. in Spanaway," the post read. "When the trooper attempted to pull over the minivan, the driver failed to stop, sped away and ran multiple stop signs. The trooper stopped pursuing the minivan and radioed that the minivan was last seen near 160th and Park Ave."
The post added that a second trooper spotted the minivan, and the trooper attempted to stop the driver to no avail, and the driver of the minivan once again fled.
Shortly after the second trooper spotted the vehicle, its driver lost control and crashed.
"Troopers observed a female driver run from the minivan and then behind a house; two passengers also fled the minivan and were immediately taken into custody," the post added. "The Washington State Patrol requested K9 assistance to track the fleeing suspect; one of our K9 deputies responded to the scene and made multiple loud announcements that the dog would be released to search for her and that if she came out of hiding that no harm would occur."
What happened to the teen suspect who was hiding?
According to the report, the suspect refused to come out of hiding, and the K-9 was dispatched to track the suspect.
The suspect was located hiding in tall grass under a "very large tree."
"The K9 contacted the suspect on the leg until the handler could see her hands and ordered the K9 to release his hold," the post noted. "The suspect was placed into handcuffs after the dog had already released his hold and was removed by the handler from the suspect’s immediate area; once the suspect was detained the troopers were able to determine that she was a juvenile."
According to the department, the suspect as well as the passengers were read their rights at the scene, and the driver was "treated by medics" for the "contact wound" on her leg.
"The suspect told the troopers that she heard the K9 handler announce multiple times that if she did not come out that she would be bit," the post continued, as it revealed that troopers were able to observe "obvious signs of impairment on the driver."
Troopers transported the driver to a nearby hospital for further treatment of her leg wound, as well as for a search warrant DUI blood test.
After treatment, hospital staff cleared the suspect to be released.
Where did the teen suspect go next?
The suspect was booked into Remann Juvenile Detention Hall.
According to the post, "The suspect’s family demanded that she not be transported to jail and that she be taken to a children’s hospital for further treatment. To accommodate the family’s request, the suspect was then transported by troopers to a children’s hospital for evaluation; the troopers noted that she was able to stand on both legs, make eye contact, and speak clearly prior to her family arriving at the hospital."
The department reported that the hospital staff cleared the suspect.
After she was released, "the family again attempted to prevent the suspect from being booked into jail by requesting additional medical treatment at another hospital."
"This request was denied by troopers," the post added.
The suspect was booked into the juvenile detention facility for a felony of eluding, driving under the influence, two counts of reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.
According to troopers, the suspect's minivan was also "involved in a hit and run just prior to the two pursuits that resulted in her arrest."
Has Klein responded?
Later the same day, Klein shared the department's Facebook update with commentary of her own.
I am the mother of this victim I am disgusted to have seen this post about my child to hear some statements on hear [sic] that are bold face lies when we have doctors and nurses and family and the other girls that were in the car that were never took [sic] to the hospital.
They kicked us out of her room at about 1 pm and then took my daughter from the hospital out the back and never told us but when my daughter asked where is my mother they told her we left her at the hospital.
So PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS ABOUT TO COME OUT AND FOR THE RECORD MY DAUGHTER WAS JUST RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AGAIN AND AT HOME AS OF 10 MINS AGO. TO THE POLICE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT AND SERVE NOT USE YOUR BADGE AS YOUR HIGHER POWER.. JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED I PROMISE MY DAUGHTER AND FOR EVERY VICTIM THAT HAS EVER HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS I HAVE SEEN IT ON TV BUT NEVER WOULD I THINK MY OWN AND FOR EVERYONE WHO PRE JUDGING US BECAUSE THE POLICE DECIDED TO POST THIS YOU WILL FEEL BAD WHEN THIS COMES OUT HOW IT REALLY WENT DOWN. ALL THE POLICE ABOUT THE 26 YEAR OLD GUY IN THE HONDA THAT WAS CHASING THE GIRLS IN THE CAR AND HOW HE HIT THERE CAR SEVERAL TIMES AND HOW HE GRABBED ONE OF THE GIRLS AND CHOKED HER OUT DON'T BELIEVE ME PEOPLE HE WAS BOOKED INTO JAIL. BUT I'M DONE THIS STATEMENT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN SAID WHEN IT IS LIES.. LET'S NOT FORGET HOW WHEN WE LEFT ST CLARE HOSPITAL TO GO TO MARYBRIDGE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SHE HAD NO PANTIES ON OR BRA BUT WAS TOOK BY A MALE OFFICER MY 15 YR OLD BUT THAT'S OKAY SINCE WHEN.. A FEMALE OFFICER SHOULD HAVE TRANSPORTED MY DAUGHTER NOT A MAN.
On Monday, Klein later shared a post inviting social media followers to join a private Facebook event called "Justice for Nadia Gonzalez."
Another young woman, Tytiana Lopez, also shared the post and wrote, "Come support my family and my baby sister at this devastating time. Please share."
Lopez also shared what appeared to be video of the teen suspect in the hospital on Friday.
The post read, "They wont let us transfer her to a children's hospital.. They trying sent her to ramme hall when she cant even walk or stay conciouse [sic] (share) (share) test proved she wasn't drunk or on drugs."
On Friday, Lopez also wrote, "These Damn white people p***ing me off with the stupid comments and they dumb opinions.. Like wtf, but if it was your 15 year old daughter getting attacked by a k9 while already down.. And also while 2 grown a** men was on top of here at the same time.. But ig that's the thing now!!"
On Sunday, Lopez updated, "I hope all y'all mf know that all these death threats and s**t is just motivating me too go harder with this.. Im getting justice for my sister, yall Gmfu!! I'll die for mines fr!"