Girl Who Pushed Baby Into Bus Lane Sent On Anger Management Course

04/04/2011 13:11 | Updated 22 May 2015

bus laneA 15-year-old girl who pushed a seven-month-old baby into the path of on-coming buses has been ordered to be assessed for an anger management course.

The teenager was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm in the assault, which took place near West Croydon bus station in south London in July last year.

She had already unleashed a torrent of abuse at the baby's family, who have been so traumatised by the attack that they have moved to Mauritius.

The court heard that the girl and a 15-year-old friend had subjected the family to racist taunts as they shopped in Primark in North End. They then assaulted the 13-year-old member of the family and her mother in the street, shoving the girl with such force the baby flew out of her arms.

Lead magistrate Nicky Ottaway told the teenager:

'Even though you realised what could have happened you didn't stop. You shoved (the sister) so hard that the baby fell out of her arms. Therefore you are responsible, but you were reckless and it was not intentional.'

She said prison was not an option as the girl was only 14 at the time of the attack. She was ordered to pay £20 to the baby in compensation for his injuries - a four-inch bruise, and bite marks on his lips as a result of his fall - £20 to his sister and £10 to their mum for the trauma they had suffered.

She will also be placed on a 12 month youth rehabilitation scheme, including supervision sessions from youth workers, and working for 24 hours in the community, along with victim empathy group sessions, and an assessment for anger management.

The second girl was told to pay £20 to the 13-year-old victim and £10 to the mother, with her father telling the court it would be coming out of her pocket money.

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