MELBOURNE, Fla. – Police are investigating a group of teenage girls who beat a 12-year-old girl after a video of the fight was posted online, authorities said Saturday.
The alleged victim, who is now 13, filed a police report Saturday and named her attackers after she saw the video on a local news channel. The video, shot sometime in late December, shows one teenage girl fighting the alleged victim, said Melbourne Police Cmdr. Jim Gibbens.
The Associated Press is not releasing the names of the girls involved in the fight because they are minors.
The video was posted on the video-sharing Web site, photobucket.com
Gibbens said though she was younger, the 12-year-old girl appeared to be dominating the fight until more teenage girls joined the brawl, which lasted about four minutes. The other girls range from age 15 to 17.
The alleged victim escaped to a parked SUV, but Gibbens said a shorter video that was also posted online shows the beating continued.
"Based upon what we've seen so far in the video and her interviews today, at least three of four of the girls for sure, have some possible charges against them for battery," Gibbens said.
The conflict was about a boy, Gibbens said.
Police learned of the attack when they were contacted by a television news crew and the girl's mother found out about the brawl only after watching the news that evening. The girl suffered minor injuries, including a few cuts and bruises on her cheek and head, Gibbens said.