NY mother arrested for driving daughter, two friends to park to beat up 12-year-old girl

By Tom Boggioni
Saturday, June 21, 2014 15:59 EDT
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A New York woman has been arrested after she allegedly drove her 14-year-old daughter and two friends to a local park to beat up a 12-year-old girl.

April L. Joyce, 36, has been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child as a result of the incident which was caught on video, reports the The Daily Freeman.

The video shows the 12-year-old being struck in the face multiple times, having her hair pulled, and being thrown to the ground several times by the three girls.

Police say that Joyce stayed to watch the fight and could be heard in the video making derogatory comments about the victim, laughing, and encouraging the girls to continue beating her.

According to police, Joyce never attempted to stop the fight.

The 12-year-old suffered soft tissue injuries in the attack and had been provided a protection order.

Joyce was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court at on June 30.

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Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
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