14 year old girl clings to life

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14 year old girl clings to life

Unread post by blazeking » November 2nd, 2005, 2:35 pm

TRENTON--A 14-year-old girl lay near death in a Philadelphia hospital yesterday with bleeding on the brain after allegedly being struck with a paperweight by her roommate at Anchor House.

The incident between the 14-year-old and her 13-year-old roommate occurred in the middle of the night early Monday, said Judy Hutton, executive director at the temporary emergency shelter for homeless, abused and at-risk youth located at 482 Centre St.


City Police Detective Edgar Rios has been assigned to find out what was behind the alleged attack.

"It was reported that a 14-year-old female victim was arguing with a 13-year-old female," reported Detective Sgt. Pedro Medina, city police spokesman.

"During the argument, the 13-year-old juvenile offender picked up a paperweight and struck the victim on the side of her head," he said.

"After the assault, the juvenile offender fled from the scene, but was later apprehended at Gregory Elementary School" nearby at Rutherford and Exton Avenues.

The injured girl was rushed to Capital Health System at Fuld hospital and treated before being transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

Medina reported she is in St. Christopher’s intensive care unit with bleeding on the brain.

The alleged attacker was jailed at the Mercer County Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Anchor House Executive Director Judy Hutton said there have been no other assaults at all, all year--nor even any calls to police.

"I don’t know what they were fighting about," she said. "We had to break them up. They were roommates, and it happened in the middle of the night."

She said two adult counselors were on duty at the time, watching over 12 youths housed at the walk-in facility.

None of the youths have criminal histories, she said, and all had to be signed in by their parents.

"We’re praying for the family, and praying for the young person’s well-being," said the Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong, an Anchor House board member who serves Shiloh Baptist Church.

"And I will do my best to investigate and make sure there is a public accounting."

Another board member, Nancy Faherty, called the incident unfortunate, since Anchor House has a wonderful 27-year history of serving the community, and Judy Hutton had been there for over 20 years.

Neither police nor the people at Anchor House would release the names of the youths involved, citing laws protecting the confidentiality of juveniles.

A website states that "Anchor House Inc. is a multi-service agency for runaway, homeless, abused, and at-risk youth and their families.

"For the past 27 years, Anchor House has committed its efforts to providing comprehensive life-saving assistance to our most vulnerable population."

Some 192 youths, ranging from infants to age 21 were enrolled in the past year, the site said--"65 percent successfully reunited with their families."

Long-term residential services were provided to 26 youths.

©The Trentonian 2005

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