11-year-old girl was seriously injured and suffered heavy burns all over her body after she was attacked by a peer in a park at a broad daylight with highly toxic and corrosive chemical. The victim’s family now alleges that the attacker’s mother is the one to blame for the incident.
The victim, identified as Deaira S., was fortunate enough to survive the gruesome incident as she continues the recovery at home after staying in hospital for treatment after the incident.
Deaira says she was left with severe burns after having a corrosive liquid tossed at her as she was trying to flee a fight between her cousin and a third girl at a playground attached to an elementary school in Detroit, in an incident that took place last month.
The juvenile, aged 12, has been officially charged in connection with the alarming assault incident, according to a recent announcement.
“The juvenile respondent has been charged with one count each of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm and Felonious Assault,” stated a press release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Alongside the charges, the child was released on a $10,000 bond, with an electronic monitoring “tether” included in the conditions of the release.
Furthermore, the individual was “ordered to have no contact with the victim or any witnesses,” according to the official statement.
“This is an extremely troubling set of allegations,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said in the statement. “Instant horrible decision making can have lifelong effects on others. There is no excuse for this.”
Deaira clarified that she was not directly involved in the initial fight that led to the assault charges.
“My cousin and a girl had started fighting and once they stopped she says I got something for you all,” she told WJBK.
When further explaining what had happened that day, Deaira said that she initially left the public playground, but had to return and take her forgotten purse. The incident happened just when she got back.
“I was screaming, and I was crying,” Deaira told WDIV. She said she ran home after the attack and has suffered burns on her back, legs, and arms.
Deaira’s mother has shed light on the source of the substance, implicating the attacker’s own mother in the incident.
“Her mother met her in the park and gave her the chemical to throw on the kids and she told the kids that’s what they get for messing with her daughter,” D. Summers told the station.
Summers went on to describe the shocking aftermath of the attack, revealing that smoke was emanating from Deaira’s body “from head to toe,” and that the substance had eaten holes in her daughter’s clothing.
Deaira’s injuries were extensive, requiring a three-day hospital stay. According to WJBK, she was diagnosed with severe second- and third-degree burns down her back. In response to the mounting medical expenses, Deaira’s family has established a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the costs.
The accused girl, whose identity remains confidential due to her juvenile status, was scheduled for a hearing few days after the incident, as confirmed by the prosecutor’s office last month.
Furthermore, a spokesperson for DPS clarified that neither the accused nor the victim have any association with the Vernor school, ruling out a connection to the local educational institution.
“The Detroit Police Department passed the incident to the District’s Police Department only because the incident took place on one of our school’s playground property,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“The incident did not involve our employees or was it connected to a District or school event. This is a community matter involving two families that do not both attend our school district or the school.”