Neighborhood children charged for alleged gay hate attack of 41-year-old woman in Missouri, US
A lesbian couple in Missouri claim they were attacked by a group of children who dragged one of them out of their house and brutally beat her.
Jeana Terry and Lisa Lange claim they were resting in their living room when they heard a 16-year-old girl shouting anti-gay abuse outside.
After Terry went outside to shoo the teenager away, the girl’s 13-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother joined in and physically attacked her.
The 16-year-old ‘grabbed me and swung me around’, Terry told the Southeastern Missourian. After falling to the ground, she was viciously beaten and kicked.
After calling the police, Lange went outside to help save her 41-year-old partner.
‘Once I was down, it was pure chaos,’ Terry said, claiming she may need eye surgery and still suffers from bruising, nausea and dizziness.
Terry and Lange claim it’s not the first time they have been targeted by the youngsters and believe the attack was a gay hate crime.
Three children from the same family are now in juvenile custody, according to the Associated Press.
The two younger siblings have reportedly pleaded guilty to trespassing and second-degree assault at a juvenile hearing, while the eldest child could face charges of assault and burglary.