A 16-year-old girl from Glouster spent the night in a Columbus hospital after being struck in the head with a lead pipe. A fellow 16-year-old accused of committing the assault was taken to juvenile detention where she will remain at least until next week.
According to a news release from Glouster Mayor Miles Wolf, police officer Joshua Dixon responded to the Family Dollar store on Toledo Street at 6:02 p.m. for a report that a girl had been struck with a lead pipe. Prior to his arrival, emergency medical service personnel were on scene and advised that the girl would need to be flown to Columbus for medical treatment.
Dixon, according to the release, went to an area along West Main Street and Toledo Street where the attack occurred and retrieved a metal pipe from a weeded area along the roadway.
Dixon’s investigation led him to a Taylor Ridge residence where he questioned and arrested a 16-year-old girl. She was taken to the juvenile detention center in Lancaster. The victim was discharged from Ohio State University Medical Center Thursday morning and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Wolf.
Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly posted about the incident on his Facebook page saying a video of the attack was uploaded to Facebook.
The accused juvenile appeared in Athens County Juvenile Court Monday morning for the purposes of a hearing that would decide where she would be able to stay while the case is pending.
At the start of the hearing, her mother was not in attendance even though the probation staff had informed her of the hearing and she had said she would be in attendance. Magistrate Jonathan Perrin decided to go forward with the hearing but wanted to reserve a final decision until contact was made with the mother.
During the hearing, it was revealed that the accused juvenile was already on probation from a prior incident and was supposed to have been on house arrest at the time of the attack.
The probation staff recommended to Perrin that the accused juvenile be detained in the juvenile detention center until Wednesday due to the seriousness of the offense and the unknown condition of the victim. Prosecutors in attendance agreed with the recommendation pointing out that the victim was kept overnight after suffering from symptoms of concussion as well as losing partial feeling in her right hand. The prosecution also cited the accused juvenile’s previous record and that she apparently violated conditions of her house arrest.
Staff informed Perrin that the accused juvenile’s mother was on the phone and claimed that her ride had a flat tire. Perrin allowed a 20-minute recess to accommodate the mother. Upon her arrival, Perrin asked why she was not on time. The mother reiterated the claim about the flat tire and also claimed she had things to take care of that morning. Perrin recommended that for future hearings she make her daughter’s court case a high priority and to be on time.
When asked for her opinion on the matter of where her daughter should be housed for the duration of the case, the mother indicated that she would rather her daughter be able to continue with her education and remain at home. She said she did not think her daughter a danger to herself or anyone else or a flight risk.
Based on the seriousness of the allegations and claims that the accused juvenile broke her house arrest with a perceived lack of parental supervision, Perrin remanded the juvenile to the detention center until the next hearing scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m.
After the hearing concluded, the probation staff requested that the juvenile’s mother be drug tested. Perrin said that since the mother is already on probation herself, the staff had the authority to drug test without a court order.