The Pennsylvania woman who was beaten did not report the crime, probably because of her disability. Police learned of it when someone saw the video posted on Facebook two days later and contacted them.
The beating took place Tuesday around 9 p.m. in Chester, Pennsylvania. Six high school-aged girls are walking down the street when they come upon the 48-year-old mentally challenged woman sitting in front of her home as she often does. One of girls walks up to her and begins to punch the woman. The woman screams and manages to crawl back into her apartment.
The girls follow her in and can be seen in the video punching her and laughing. One girl keeps yelling, "it stinks", referring to the home. At one point, a chair is thrown at the victim The five beat the woman for about 90 seconds while the sixth continues to film the attack.
The victim did not report the beating. However a resident contacted police yesterday after seeing the video that had been posted on Facebook.
The Delaware County Times reported that three girls, 15 and 16-year-old sisters and another 16-year-old have been arrested. NBC Philadelphia reports a fourth girl was later taken into custody. The girls, who will be arraigned today, face aggravated assault charges and will be tried as adults.
One police officer was quoted in the Times as saying, "The girls are defiant. It's like they didn't do anything wrong."
Joseph Bail Jr., Chester Police Commissioner, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying, "It's one of the most horrible things I've watched in 40 years of police work." Bail described the attack by saying, "One of them punches her in the face, and it was just like sharks in a feeding frenzy after that."
The victim was not seriously injured and did not seek medical treatment until after she had contact with police. Leonard Worby, who lives upstairs from the disabled woman, was quoted by My Fox Philly as saying, "I got up this morning and saw her door is still wide open. She had cuts on her face plus it was all puffy."
The victim does not want to go back to her apartment and is now staying in a safe place.
Police are searching for the two other suspects who, like those already in custody, will be tried as adults.