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August 03, 2005

Fresno police terrified of 11-year-old girl armed with rock

From the Bakersfield Californian...

An 11-year-old girl arrested on a deadly weapon charge for throwing a rock during a water balloon fight is scheduled to be tried Wednesday after talks between her attorney and prosecutors failed to produce a plea bargain.

Maribel Cuevas was arrested in April for throwing a two-pound rock at a neighborhood boy who had pelted her with a water balloon. The rock gashed the boy's forehead, and the girl spent five days in Fresno's juvenile hall and a month under house arrest after police said she resisted arrest and scratched an officer's arm.

In other words, what's really got them mad is that the little girl fought back when the police tried to take her in. For Pete's sake, she's an 11-year-old little girl! What kind of Barney Fife's do they have on the police force out there in Fresno?

Maribel maintains she was playing on the sidewalk with her 6-year-old brother on April 29 when Elijah rode by on his bike with a half-dozen neighborhood boys, who splattered them with water balloons.

The girl threw a rock that police later described as "jagged" and measuring 5.5 inches by 3.75 inches and it hit Elijah on the head, opening a gash that required stitches. While she ran to find Elijah's parents, a neighbor called 911.

Elijah's family, which has since moved away, is testifying for the prosecution but is not expected to be a hostile witness for the defense, Bennett said, adding that his parents declined to press charges.

Gotta shield those bullies from any little girls that dare to protect themselves, don't we. I mean how else can we train the next generation to be willing puppets of Big Brother, right.

In a statement issued shortly after The Associated Press published a story about the case, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer defended his department's decision to arrest the girl and seek a felony charge.

"The simple fact is that we have an 11-year-old girl who struck a boy in the head with a jagged-edged, two-pound river rock, that required him to have stitches," Dyer said. "That is a felony, assault with a deadly weapon, and we are very fortunate that that act did not cause a more serious injury, even death."

Was he actually able to keep a straight face when he said that?

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 3, 2005 09:02 AM

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