A 15-year-old girl who assaulted a pregnant woman while she was pushing her children in a barge through a Perth street has been jailed.
The teenager – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was sentenced to 12 months in prison after being found guilty of aggravated robbery following the attack in Ashfield on September 5.
The horrific attack was caught on CCTV, with footage showing the 37-year-old mother lying on the floor after being approached by the girl.
The video shows the teenager dragging the woman, who was five months pregnant at the time, down a footpath by her hair.
The two toddlers were thrown onto their backs in the stroller as their frantic mother tried to free herself.
“She (the mother) was hanging on to that stroller for her life,” WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said of the mother at the time of the incident.
“If that doesn’t show what a mother is willing to do to protect her children, I don’t know what does.”
The teenager claimed she was coerced into a series of crimes by her cousin while high on marijuana, WAtoday reported.
She was also charged with six similar offenses in the Midland, Midvale and Ashfield areas from August 30 to September 5, including assaults on an 11-year-old girl and another woman.
Judge Hylton Quail said the girl’s actions during Wednesday’s sentencing were “disgusting” but also spoke about how violence and antisocial behavior have been normalized because of her dysfunctional upbringing.
“From an early age, she was exposed to high levels of alcohol and drug abuse, and she was severely neglected and had to be hospitalized several times for serious injuries as a result of that neglect,” he said.
The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to assault in Perth Children’s Court and admitted she tried to rob her mother.
Originally released as a 15-year-old girl who attacked a pregnant woman walking with a stroller, jailed for a year