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article imagePolice Taser 12-year-old girl in St. Louis Victoria's Secret

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By Brett Wilkins
Aug 3, 2012 in Crime
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Saint Louis - A Missouri police officer attempting to apprehend a woman wanted on warrants Tasered the suspect's 12-year-old daughter for allegedly interfering with the arrest.
KSDK reports that the incident happened Wednesday afternoon in a Victoria's Secret store in the South County Center in St. Louis.
St. Louis County police were looking for Charlene Bratton, who was wanted on warrants for outstanding traffic tickets. Bratton, her daughter and some other relatives were shopping in Victoria's Secret when an officer ordered her to put her hands behind her back.
"I said for what, and next thing you know, he tackled me down on the ground," Bratton told KSDK.
That's when 12-year-old Dejamon Baker, Bratton's daughter, became the next target of police violence. According to officers, the girl was interfering with her mother's arrest. Bratton and Baker deny this.
"I was just crying," the girl told KSDK. "I guess he got mad because I was crying or something, then he just took it out and just tased me."
A police spokesman said that the officer had acted appropriately, another claim rejected by Bratton.
"He should have had enough control to tell her to get back instead of pulling out his [stun] gun," she told KSDK. "I guess he was nervous."
Bratton says she plans on reporting the incident to internal affairs for an investigation.
This isn't the first time police have used a Taser on a child. In 2010, two officers from Martinsville, Indiana were suspended after they Tasered an "out of control" 10-year-old. And earlier this year, a 9-year-old boy from Mt. Sterling, Ohio who skipped school and then refused to cooperate with a police officer was repeatedly Tasered.
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