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Teen Arrested After Woman Is Thrown Into Pool (Video)

Leon Balfour, 16, was sentenced to three weeks of home surveillance for slamming Nancy James, 68, to the ground, and tossing her into an apartment swimming pool as a crowd cheered in North Lauderdale, Florida, on May 6 (video below).

Leon surrendered to the Broward Sheriff’s Office on May 8, and was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older, reports WSVN.

James, who is on the board of the apartment complex, reportedly tried to quiet down a loud pool party, which is when a bystander's video of the incident picks up.

The video shows a young man picking up James, slipping and falling to the ground with the senior, picking her up again and tossing her into the pool.

The partygoers, who were reportedly high school-aged, then flee the area. The video went viral on social media.

"I didn’t really think that he meant to hurt her," one partygoer told WSVN. "I think he just meant to like spook her or something."

James has a large bruise on her arm, but did not want to go the hospital.

"Black and blue, but you know what?" James stated. "He’s not gonna ever do this to anyone else."

"We’re just asking them, just lower the volume," James recalled. "I didn’t care what they were doing. That’s not my job to police the place."

Some local children helped James find her dog, which was with her when she went up to the group at the pool.

"Thank God, nice kids that live here, they helped me," James recalled. "They went and they found my dog for me. The kids that live here are wonderful kids."

Stacey Gaudrau, an apartment complex resident, told the news station: "Typical day, have some fun. If it got too late, I probably would have gone over there and tell them to turn it down. It could have been me. It could have been me. I could have gone over there, and it could have been me."

An unidentified resident said: "I mean, they shouldn’t have touched her. They shouldn’t have touched her."

A second unidentified resident added: "For you to drop her and put her in the pool with her dogs, like she loves those dogs like those are her kids."

According to WTVJ, the teen was given 21 days in juvenile detention on May 9, and will serve the time at home while wearing an ankle monitor.

The teen reportedly told the police: "I messed up and I have to own up to it."

Sources: WSVN, WTVJ / Photo credit: Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend/Wikimedia

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