NBC10 Philadelphia - Doug Shimell
Three boys aged 10, 9, and 7 invaded Minh Tran's apartment Monday afternoon. Tran says the preteen boys beat her with rocks, sticks and a potted plant. Police say not long after the attack the mother of the 10-year-old allegedly turned him in. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke to the victim.
It's a hard thing when a mother has to turn in her own son for allegedly committing a crime, but that's exactly what one local mother had to do Monday afternoon.
Now, a 10-year-old boy is facing multiple charges in connection with the beating and robbery of a 51-year-old mentally challenged woman in the Juniata section of the city.
Police say that around 3:30 p.m. Monday, the boy and two other children, ages 7 and 9, attacked the woman at her home on the 1200 block of Luzerne Street, beating her with various items including a rock and a potted plant before robbing her.
"When I was sleeping the three boys came in through the entrance and they used a rope to beat me," said the victim through an interpreter. "I hid into the bathroom and they asked me where the money was. They pulled me out from my bathroom and beat me."
After giving the boys her purse, the woman tells NBC10 she begged with the boys to spare her life. The boys then fled the scene, according to police.
Investigators say the 10-year-old is a neighbor of the victim and that he ran home after the alleged attack.
After seeing all the police activity at the home of the victim, the suspect's mother figured out that he was involved and turned him in, authorities said.
The 10-year-old boy was arrested after he was identified by the victim.
Investigators believe the suspect had been harassing the woman and vandalizing her home for sometime before the alleged attack.
They are still looking for his younger accomplices.
The victim is expected to make a full recovery.