Two Texas women were arrested by police on Saturday for allegedly beating a 12-year-old girl with “club-like objects” until she was unconscious outside a Bell County high school in June.
Chonda Edmond, 44, and Kyhirah Clemons, 32 are facing felony charges of injury to a child in relation to the alleged attack at Kileen High School in Bell County, Texas, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
Authorities were dispatched to the high school on June 12 following reports of a disturbance and arrived to find a 12-year-old lying on the ground “with multiple obvious injuries,” the arrest affidavit stated. The child told police she had been attacked by two adult women who clubbed her with baseball bats.
The child claimed she was momentarily knocked out by the clubbing and awoke to find her attackers still beating her while she laid helplessly on the ground.
She told police she believed the attack was in retaliation to an “argument with a classmate” she had earlier, and identified one of the women in the attack as the mother of that student, according to the affidavit.
The incident allegedly occurred when Edmond came to the school to pick up her child. But when the mother spotted the 12-year-old, who had arrived nearby to hang out with some friends, the girl said Edmond confronted her alongside Clemons and an unidentified male. The arrest affidavit listed Clemons as the aunt of the 12-year-old’s classmate.
Kileen High School officials were not immediately available for comment.
However, Kileen police officer Brian Goodsby said that surveillance and cell phone video footage corroborated the youth’s allegations against her classmate’s family members.
“The video surveillance shows four individuals arriving at Kileen High School in an SUV and approaching [the victim] with club-like objects in their hands,” according to law enforcement.
An eyewitness also positively identified Edmonds in a police line-up following the incident.
Oxygen.com was unable to reach Kileen Police Department for comment.
Edmond and Clemons are both being held on a $100,000 bond, according to online court records. It’s unclear if they’ve been arraigned or have retained legal counsel.
Edmund, who has other cases pending, was also charged in July with assault causing bodily injury to a family member, according to the Bell County Clerk’s office. The 44-year-old Texas mother was released after posting a $5,000 bond.
Edmond, who was appointed a public defender in that case, is due in court on Nov. 4 for a pre-trial hearing related to those charges.
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