British Bobbies Bust 11 Year-old, Rock-Tossing Girl..........

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Mon Jul 18 20:09:51 MDT 2005


 	
Last Updated: Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
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US police pursue girl over stone
Maribel Cuevas (pic: ABC News)
Maribel Cuevas speaks almost no English (pic: ABC News)
An 11-year-old girl who threw a stone at a group of boys pelting 
her with water balloons is being prosecuted on serious assault 
charges in California.

Maribel Cuevas was arrested in April in a police operation which 
involved three police cars and a helicopter.

She has since spent five days in detention, in which she was 
granted one 30 minute visit by her parents, and has spent a month 
under house arrest.

Her lawyer accuses the authorities of criminalising childhood 
behaviour.

"They're treating her like a violent parole offender," Richard 
Beshwate said. "It's not a felony, it's an 11-year-old acting like 
an 11-year-old."

The girl is due back in court at the beginning of next month.

Police say they had to investigate as the boy who was hit by the 
stone she threw suffered a deep gash to his head and needed 
hospital treatment.

He has reportedly acknowledged to officers that he started the 
fight in late April.

'Obligation'

The confrontation happened in a poor district of Fresno, in 
central California, where Maribel Cuevas lives with her 
Spanish-speaking family.

The girl, who speaks little English, has admitted throwing a stone 
at a group of boys she says were pestering her with water balloons 
as she walked down the street.

An ambulance was called, but arrived flanked by three police 
patrol vehicles. A helicopter meanwhile hovered overhead.

The 11-year-old was then read her rights twice in English before 
being detained.

"We responded. We determined a felony assault had taken place and 
the officers took the actions that were necessary," said Fresno 
Police Sergeant Anthony Martinez.

Another police officer told ABC News that the girl, when asked 
what she thought would happen if she threw the stone, replied that 
it would make him "bleed".





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