Three teenage girls, who’s age and identities have been withheld by police, were arrested after they were recorded abusing and taunting a 1-year-old girl. The footage, obtained by the mother and shown to police after they were called, showed the three girls laughing hysterically as they chased the 1-year-old girl around the house with a taser, causing the child to cry in distress.
Towards the end of the video one of the girls hits the infant across the head, and sends her friends into fits of uncontrollable laughter in doing so.
So far the three teens have been charged with first degree endangering the welfare of a minor, and are being held in Faulkner County Juvenile Detention Centre while awaiting trial.
Teens were 'laughing hysterically' as they terrorized 1-year-old with a Taser, cops say https://t.co/Sio2dhCsfm— Fresno Bee (@FresnoBee) July 11, 2018
The story was broken after police posted about the incident to their Facebook page. The post reads:
“On the evening of July 9th, Officer Brittani Little was dispatched to the Conway Regional Medical Center for a reported child abuse.
“There, she spoke with the mother of a one year old baby girl and was shown a video that appeared to depict three female teens laughing hysterically while taunting the baby girl with a taser, which caused the child to scream and sob in uncontrollable fear.
“The video continued on, showing the teens joking and laughing when one of them forcefully struck the child in the head.
“The baby’s mother had been made aware of the video and sought treatment for the child at the hospital, where she contacted police.
“The mother stated the teens had been responsible for babysitting the child and that she had been unaware of the alleged abuse prior to seeing the video.”
Thankfully the child is okay, but we imagine that the incident must have been horrifying to both the child and their mother. After all, she hired these three girls to act as babysitters, and it must be a terrible feeling to discover that the very people you’ve trusted to care for your child have violated that trust and spent their time taunting and abusing your loved one.
So far it’s not clear what will happen to the girls in question—especially given that they are underage—but we can’t imagine they’ll get off lightly given the video footage showing them being caught in the act.