Video of Toronto beating leads to 2 arrests
Attack happened near city's busy Dundas Square
Toronto police have arrested two 15-year-old girls in connection with the group beating of a woman in downtown Toronto that was recorded and uploaded to the internet.
Police confirmed Tuesday evening that they had arrested and charged a second 15-year-old girl, after a girl was arrested and charged earlier in the day in Brampton, Ont.
Neither female can be named under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Police say they know the identity of another female who took part in the assault.
The disturbing online video shows the vicious public beating of a woman by a group of female assailants near Dundas Square, one of Toronto's busiest areas.
The victim is shown in the clip in a verbal altercation with several girls just outside a popular fast-food franchise on Yonge Street, south of Dundas Street. Male voices off-camera can be heard goading them on, with one person saying, "Hit that crackhead, hit her," while passersby are filmed avoiding the melee.
Video shows woman kicked repeatedly
The confrontation escalates quickly after the victim lashes out with a jacket at one of the girls in the group, causing a glass bottle to smash on the ground. She is then slapped and kicked repeatedly as she curls up for protection on the sidewalk. One of the attackers appears to spit at her as she lies crying on the ground.
Police on Tuesday clarified that contrary to other reports, the victim was not pregnant, though she is described as such by her attackers in the nearly three-minute-long video, entitled, "Preggo Dope Fiend Gets Jumped By Hood Chicks In Toronto For Talkin Mess!"
The victim's identity has not been released, but police said she is 35 years old. Police have not said whether she has a fixed address or if she's homeless.
During the recording of the incident, the person behind the camera doesn't intervene, although one female witness is shown later crouching next to the victim, apparently to check on her well-being after the attack.
The video of the attack was uploaded to the U.S. hip hop and video blogging website WorldStarHipHop.com, and Toronto police were alerted to it after the video was flagged by online viewers from the United States.Both 15-year-olds are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.