The mother of a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma, Washington, is speaking out after her daughter was allegedly beaten up outside a children’s event by a mob that included two grown adults.
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The incident allegedly took place on Friday night at the Center at Norpoint, a popular community center in Tacoma, when, according to police, an argument that started inside spilled out onto the exterior lawn.
Police have since launched an investigation into the violent brawl, the entirety of which was reportedly captured on cell phone video.
For Aleteena Mobley-Rogers, the 12-year-old girl’s mother, the footage was incredibly difficult to watch.
“To see my daughter getting brutally attacked by an adult male, an adult female, a high school young lady, another middle school young lady, and someone kicking her in the head, it horrified me,” Mobley-Rogers, told KCPQ-TV this week.
She told the local news outlet that her daughter was a completely innocent party. She was simply in attendance at the kid’s night event when someone spit into a cup and then threw it into her face.
Adults under investigation for attacking child at community event in Tacoma
What happened next was even more unsettling. According to her mother, the mob of attackers allegedly proceeded to follow the preteen outside the community center, egging on a fight. Meanwhile, her daughter was trying to avoid an altercation.
Cell phone video viewed by KCPQ reportedly shows Mobley-Rogers’ daughter “trying to walk away while a crowd of dozens of people surround her.” Shortly after, several people — including two adults — pounced on the girl, punching and kicking her.
“My daughter is 12, and they jumped and brutally beat my child, and it’s ridiculous,” Mobley-Rogers told the outlet.
She said that she took her daughter to the hospital following the fight, where she was treated for a concussion and bruises on her neck. While at the hospital, one of the adults involved allegedly called Mobley-Rogers and threatened her.
“If someone says they are going to shoot, or pull a weapon I take it very seriously,” the mother said.
Meeker Middle School, where the girl is a student, was reportedly placed in a modified lockdown on Monday. Thankfully, no incidents took place.
However, Mobley-Rogers said her daughter has not yet returned to school due to the trauma from the fight. The mother added that she felt compelled to speak out about the incident.
“If it’s going to help promote any type of justice for Alaya, or to make sure it doesn’t happen to another child, because if it happens to one it happens to all. So, being in an uncomfortable situation is something I’m willing to do to make sure that this never happen to anyone else,” she said.