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Thursday, November 18, 1999

Teen girls tortured 14-year-old for 2 hours: police
Chris Eby
National Post

Just days after North York teen Matty Baranovski was beaten to death, a 14-year-old girl was subjected to two hours of torture and beatings by a gang of teenage girls in a Regent Park basement.

On Tuesday afternoon, the youngster met a 19-year-old woman she knew from high school. The woman allegedly lured the girl into an apartment building near the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne streets under the pretense of having a friendly talk, police said.

The teen immediately realized she had been set-up. She was surrounded by a group of three older girls from her school who she knew disliked her.

"For whatever reason, the 19-year-old adult was upset about the victim dating her brother," said Detective-Sergeant Roy Fata.

They took the girl to a room in the basement of the building where they stripped her naked, tore off her jewellery and took her money. For the next two hours, the girls burned her with cigarettes, raked her legs with a set of key and beat her with bricks and sticks.

"She was terrified, they traumatized her. They pulled her hair and spat on her. The were playing games with her. For two hours she was petrified," Det.-Sgt. Fata said.

Apparently no one in the subsidized housing unit heard anything. And police said the girl was so petrified she never cried out for help.

Det.-Sgt. Fata said he wonders if Metro Housing security guards had been making their regular patrols -- the guards went on strike Tuesday -- if the teen would have been spared the ordeal. "I don't know if they even patrol buildings that small, but if they do, you have to wonder if they might have seen or heard something."

The girls later took the bloodied teen outside, still naked, where they continued to beat her.

Police patrolling the area on their bicycles saw the naked girl, raced over, and promptly arrested the older girls.

The victim was taken to the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was treated for her injuries and released.

"Every day in this city we have violent crime, but it's not so calculated. You have four kids doing these kinds of things for two hours, that's what's so concerning."

"Kids these days are going the extra mile, they're hitting the major leagues of crime," Det.-Sgt. Fata said, referring to the beating death of Matty Baranovski.

The four -- ranging in age from 16 to 19 -- have been charged with forcible confinement, robbery, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

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