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Police charge juvenile over alleged bashing

MUM ON A MISSION: Evania Taiters says her blood ran cold after watching video footage of her teenage daughter being attacked last week. BELOW: A still from the video footage of the incident.
MUM ON A MISSION: Evania Taiters says her blood ran cold after watching video footage of her teenage daughter being attacked last week. BELOW: A still from the video footage of the incident. Kelly Butterworth

UPDATE MONDAY 3.25PM: POLICE have charged a juvenile female in relation to an alleged attack at Stockland Rockhampton on January 14.

A police spokesperson confirmed a complaint had been received and investigations were continuing.

The spokesperson said "other persons" were assisting with inquiries.

"Hopefully we'll have a resolution as soon as possible," the spokesperson said.

EARLIER:  WHEN Rockhampton mother Evania Taiters saw a video of her 15-year-old daughter cowering in a corner while being kicked in the head by another teenage girl, her blood ran cold.

Evania's daughter was at Stockland Rockhampton on Thursday night with a group of friends when she was attacked, allegedly by four teenage girls, one of whom filmed the incident with her phone.

The video of the attack has now gone viral and shows her daughter talking to four girls outside the centre's toilets before she is kicked in the head and one of the girls is heard yelling "stomp on her head".

The day after the attack the video was posted on the daughter's Facebook page and was seen by Evania, who prior to seeing the video had been unaware of what had happened the night before.

Evania said she couldn't watch the video without crying and hasn't been able to watch it since.

"I can't explain how I felt when I saw it," she said yesterday amid her tears.

"I could tell something wasn't right with her when she got home from the shops but she didn't tell me about what had happened until the next day. She said she doesn't even know the girls who did this.

"No parent wants to see their child being treated like that.

"You expect your child to go to the shops with her friends and be safe and to see that someone stood there recording it, I'm just in shock. My daughter had actually passed out after being kicked and woke up to security guards standing around her asking if she wanted an ambulance.

"That one kick could have killed my daughter, she's very lucky. She's still in shock and I cry every time I think about it. No one deserves to be treated that way."

Evania took her daughter to the police station after learning of the attack to make an official complaint.

On that same day Evania, with her daughter's permission, posted the video of the attack on her Facebook page and it has since been shared more than 1800 times and attracted more than 200 comments.

"I posted the video on Friday because I wanted the girls involved to be embarrassed about what they had done and to be disgusted by their actions," Evania said.

"I don't condone violence against violence but I wanted the young girls to see that it was disgusting and it won't be tolerated. I shouldn't have identified the girls and the post did get a little bit out of hand but I didn't think it would go as viral as it did.

"I did feel bad that I had named them but I wanted them to see themselves bully another person and be ashamed. I knew I would have people disagreeing with me posting the video and naming the girls involved but I put it up there for a purpose and I knew it would get mixed reviews."

Evania is due to meet with Stockland Rockhampton management today to discuss the attack.

Centre management was asked to comment on the incident but they had not responded before deadline.

The Morning Bulletin also contacted police but they chose not to comment.

Police are investigating the incident.

Topics:  assault, juvenile crime, police, stockland rockhampton




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