GALION, OH (WCMH) – Three juvenile girls have been charged in the March 2 girl fight that left another girl in the hospital for more than a week.\
The girl has since been released from the hospital.
It happened after school in a backyard on Payne Ave in Galion. Police say the incident started as mutual combat. But when the girl on the receiving end of the fight fell, two others joined in. Cell phone video of the beating was difficult to watch and police also noted that at least a dozen by-standers failed to do anything to stop it.
Bill Baker, a family friend of the injured girl, has been acting as spokesperson for the family.
“You can hear the laughter and the cheering and it’s disturbing,” he said of the video. “When folks stand around and just watch another person being beat, there’s something morally wrong with that.”
Three girls, two 16 year olds and one 15 year old, have been charged with delinquency charges of felonious assault in juvenile court. Crawford County Prosecutor Matt Crall said the law is very specific about charging juveniles as adults and this case did not meet those requirements.
Galion Police are still investigating the incident and more charges could be pending.
“It’s starting to get some closure for the entire community,” said Galion Police Chief Brian Saterfield.
“Let’s get the truth out. Let’s figure out what happened and let the chips fall where they have to fall.”
The girl’s family released the following statement:
Maddie was released from the Hospital late Tuesday evening and is doing better. Although the physical injuries are severe, she is beginning to heal from them; however, the emotional recovery will take much longer.
We are very grateful for the continuing support during this difficult time. It has been very appreciated, quite overwhelming, and much needed. You can continue to show your support by going to the ‘support4maddie’ page on facebook.
We are pleased that the investigation is proceeding forward and some charges have been filed to bring about legal consequences for the crimes committed. We have complete confidence that justice will prevail.
The family appreciates the respect for privacy that has been shown as we re-establish our lives. Please continue to keep Maddie and our community in your prayers.