A 10-year-old girl from Jamaica Plain has been arrested for a shocking and brutal attack at a Target department store in Dorchester.
Boston police say a gang of four young girls jumped a 22-year-old woman at the South Bay Target just before 4 p.m. Sunday after the woman bumped into the 10-year-old in an aisle and allegedly refused to apologize.
Police spokesman officer Eddy Chrispin told WBZ the girls knocked the woman to the floor, hit her, ripped some of her hair out and took off her pants.
Chrispin said witnesses told police the 10-year-old kicked the woman repeatedly in the head and stomach as she was being stripped and punched by the other three girls.
The 10-year-old was arraigned Monday in Boston Juvenile Court on a charge of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (shod foot). She was released to the custody of her parents and ordered to return to court on March 5.
Police are seeking criminal complaints against three other females -- ages 20, 16 and 14 -- believed to have taken part in the attack.
A spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney says the victim apparently did not know her assailants. Investigators are trying to recover any store surveillance footage that may show the attack.
Target issued the following statement:
"Target’s first priority is always the safety of our guests and team members. We take this situation very seriously and are committed to providing a safe, secure environment. We will continue to closely partner with the Boston Police Department and hope for a swift and just resolution to this situation."