A teenage girl on the autism spectrum has been left permanently disfigured after she was allegedly robbed, severely beaten, and left for dead in a gutter by another teenage girl.
The attack left Emily O'Reilly, 16, bloodied and with serious injuries to her face, unable to open one of her eyes. Emily had been walking to a friend's home in Darlaston, Walsall, England, when she says a girl that she knew approached her and demanded her phone before starting to beat her, only stopping when someone said "Leave her, I think she's dead," Metro reports.
"I turned around and saw this girl I knew. She demanded my phone and punched me in the head," Emily said of the alleged Feb. 13 attack. "I stuck my phone down my trousers but she pulled down my jeans and grabbed my phone as well as my Pandora bracelet."
"The next thing I know I’m just lying on the floor and she is just stamping on my face and kicking me. I remember being punched a lot too," Emily recalled. "I ran to a pub for help after I came back around and even then I could see her returning to the area with more people looking for me."
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"This was after her friend thought I was dead," she added. "She was still coming back looking for me. It has left me really scared. I’m in so much pain. I don’t even want to go out any more."
Emily's mother, Tanya O'Reilly, said that she could barely recognize her daughter through the severe injuries, Daily Mail reports.
"It just didn't look like my daughter. There was blood everywhere," said Tanya. "I just burst into tears when I saw her, I could not believe somebody could do that do another person."
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"I want people to see these pictures to see the impact these attacks can have and that violence is just not the answer," Tanya added. "She can't even open her eye. She keeps crying but I can't tell because I can't see her tears through the swelling."
Tanya said the girl Emily says attacked her has a history of violence, and knew that Emily is on the autism spectrum.
"She has Asperger's, which makes her unaware when she's in a dangerous situation," Tanya said. "The girl just took advantage of that and beat her within an inch of her life."
A spokeswoman for local police confirmed that a 16-year-old suspect was arrested in Darlaston that night.
"She was charged with one count of robbery and two counts of criminal damage and was due to appear at Wolverhampton Youth Court on [Feb. 15]," said the spokeswoman.
Tanya said that what happened to her daughter shows dangers of street violence.
"All she wants to do is fit in as a teenage girl -- but she hasn’t been the same since and I’m worried about the long-term effects this could have. This sort of violence cannot continue on our streets," said the mom.
"I think its getting worse in Britain and there needs to be harsher punishments for violent attacks as they seem to be happening more often," she added.