Police: Two 12-Year-Old Girls Charged In Attack Of Autistic Child (Video)

| by Lisa Fogarty

Two 12-year-old girls were arrested for attacking an 11-year-old autistic girl in Cleveland, Ohio, in an incident that was caught on multiple cell phone cameras and can be seen in the video below.

The two girls were charged with felony aggravated riot, two counts of abduction, and two counts of misdemeanor assault after they allegedly provoked and then attacked the victim and her sister as they were walking through the King Kennedy Estates on April 25 at around 8:30 p.m., reports The girls turned themselves in to Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police and are being held at Cuyahoga Juvenile Center.

"Because she's autistic, she acts and she thinks that this is normal because it's been going on for so long," the victim's mother, Joyce Swann, told She said that her daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was 5 and that "it's normal for people to bully her and pick on her and fight her." 

The young girl, who was attacked one day before her 12th birthday, can be seen in this video being repeatedly kicked and beaten. She suffered bruises to her face and body.

"They always talk about her," Swann said. "She's bald-headed, she's black, she's dirty, different things. Putting her down, making her feel bad. At one point in time, she was suicidal. She wanted to die because nobody liked her, she didn't have no friends."

Swann said she was grateful to the children who were witnesses in the attack and filmed it. 

The video also reveals that an adult -- who has been identified as 30-year-old Calia Harris -- was reportedly cheering on one of the teens as she hit the victim, reports Fox 8 Cleveland. Harris is believed to be the mother of one of the attackers and can be heard in the video saying, "Beat her up." She has since been charged with aggravated riot, which is a 4th-degree felony.

Sources:, Fox 8 Cleveland

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