Teenage Girl Beaten, Burned, Has Hair Cut Off In Brutal Park Assault (VIDEO)

07/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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UPDATE 6/6 5:30 P.M.

SAUK VILLAGE, Ill. (AP) -- Bond has been set at $75,000 for a suburban Chicago teen who was allegedly caught on tape beating a girl, burning her scalp, and cutting her hair.

Sarah Kraft of Park Forest has been charged as an adult with one count of aggravated battery. Prosecutors say the 17-year-old was the main aggressor in the June 2 fight.

Bail has been set at $25,000 for 17-year-old Marcelena Castillo of Steger (STAY'-ger), who is also charged in the attack.

Investigators are still trying to determine who videotaped the assault with a cell phone. They're looking for a third girl who's thought to have burned the victim.

Sauk Village police say Kraft and Castillo lured the victim to a public park, then assaulted her. The girls' attorney, Jay O'Brien, declined to comment.

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Information from: the Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com

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The victim Mercedes Michaels talked about the attack on Fox News Chicago:

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A girl was savagely beaten in a Sauk Village public park June 2 and a cell phone video of the attack was posted Friday on Fox News Chicago.

The footage begins with two girls fighting in the dirt then quickly turns into a one-sided pummeling, with other girls rushing over to beat the victim, cut off parts of her hair with scissors and burn her with a cigarette lighter.

The victim, who the Sun-Times reports is 17, can be heard yelling, "You're burning my head!"

The victim, who is from South Chicago Heights, according to the Sun-Times, spent the night in the hospital with a concussion, bruises, cuts and burns. Two other 17-year-old girls were charged with aggravated battery and at least two more are under investigation, the paper reports.

Sauk Village Police Detective Robert Grossman told the Sun-Times that cause of the attack wss likely "a misuse of [the assailant's] vehicle by the victim some weeks before."

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