Chester teens pummel mentally challenged woman

Chester police near the home where authorities say teens beat a mentally challenged woman. (Morgan Zalot / Staff)
Chester police near the home where authorities say teens beat a mentally challenged woman. (Morgan Zalot / Staff)
Posted: September 28, 2012

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A PACK OF TEEN GIRLS "unmercifully" beat a mentally challenged woman in Chester and then posted a video of their unthinkable act on Facebook, police said Thursday.

"It's one of the more horrible things I've watched in 40 years of police work," said Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr. "It was a senseless, unprovoked attack."

Early Thursday morning, a concerned citizen went to Chester police to report a disturbing video she had seen on Facebook.

According to Bail, the video begins with the group of six girls who appear to be about 15 or 16 rapping and dancing. At one point, one of the teens says, "I'm gonna' f--- this b---- up," and they all jump a 48-year-old woman sitting on the front stoop of her apartment.

"One of them punches her in the face, and it was just like sharks in a feeding frenzy after that," Bail said.

The victim tries to escape into her apartment, but the girls chase her inside, where they continue to beat her.

At one point, the victim screams for the girls to get off her, but they ignore her and make fun of how her apartment "stinks."

The assailants can be heard laughing and taunting the victim throughout the beating, which took place about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at 12th and Morton streets in Chester's Sun Village.

Ashley Adams, 23, who lives in Sun Village, gasped when she saw video of the beating.

"That's crazy," Adams said. "It's just crazy. I don't understand how people could do that, then they go up in her crib."

Adams, who was born and raised in Chester, said she isn't surprised that teens would mount such an attack.

"I'm used to it," she said. "They're out of control."

The victim sought treatment for her injuries, Bail said. She is not in the hospital and police have interviewed her. Bail said the victim is now being kept in a secure location.

By Friday morning, police had four of the alleged assailants in custody and the Delaware County District Attorney's Office was expected to charge them as adults.

Bail said he is confident that the three other attackers - two of whom participated in the beating and one who filmed it - will be caught.

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