A 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl have been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of child in regards to a video showing two younger girls being forced to fight in a Bronx park. The upsetting video appears to show a group of teenagers forcing two girls to fight for the cameras, egging them on until one girl breaks down in tears and her tormentors laugh. After Gothamist published the video and shared it with authorities on Tuesday, the ensuing media attention prompted the mother of one of the girls to come forward.
The NYPD tells us investigators are still working to identify further individuals in regards to this incident. We now know the sickening video was recorded over Christmas break in Edgar Allen Poe Park in the Bronx. Police sources tell ABC 7 "the incident began as a fight between two older girls over candy. They then proceeded to use their baby sisters, all of 6 and 7 years old, to settle the score." NBC New York reports:
Police said the 17-year-old sister apparently felt disrespected when the 12-year-old sister of the girl in the black coat accidentally bumped into an older teen while picking up candy that had been thrown on the ground at Edgar Allan Poe Park in the Bronx a week prior to the filmed fight.
The forced battle happened over the holiday break at the park on Grand Concourse, police said. The 12-year-old sister tried to intervene, according to police and a witness, but she was held back by the older teens.
The names of the suspects and the victims are being withheld by authorities. A Walk in the Park's sources say a 17-year-old girl is currently being questioned and police are looking for a 19-year-old girl in connection with the incident. We'll update as new information becomes available.