Mom Forces 12-Year-Olds to Fight: Police

Upper Darby police are calling a fight between two pre-teens in a school parking lot "sickening."

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    Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the media that a 12-year-old girl's mother made her fight another 12-year-old that she says she was being bullied by. The whole fight was caught on camera.

    Attorney Kevin Wray claims his client knows what she did was wrong.

    "It was the worst moment of her life," he said on Tuesday. "She's 45-years-old and it was the worst 15 minutes of her life."

    His client, Michele Davenport, was caught on surveillance video urging her 12-year-old daughter to fight an alleged bully in the parking lot of Primos Elementary School back on March 10.

    The whole incident was caught on cellphone camera and turned over to school officials and then to Upper Darby Police.

    "It's sickening to watch," Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Delaware County Daily Times.

    The video shows Davenport and her daughter getting out of the car and approaching the victim, all while the mom yelled what she wanted her daughter to do to the victim.

    "She said, 'I want you to kick her (expletive) ass..." Chitwood told the paper.

    The girls then began to fight while Davenport barked instructions in the background, according to the video.

    The victim, who suffered a concussion and facial swelling among other injuries, told police that she was scared to fight.

    "You can see [in the video] that the kids really don't want to fight, but the mother is so adamant and profane that eventually the 12-year-olds get in a fight," Chitwood said in a news conference.

    Davenport is facing multiple charges, including simple assault and corruption of minors. Her little girl is charged with simple assault.

    On Tuesday, Davenport stood before a judge and waived her preliminary hearing. She is currently out on bail and will be back in court again on May 1. Her daughter has been transferred to another school.

    Earlier in March, a 36-year-old mother was charged with assaulting a teen at Girls School in Philadelphia.

    It's also the second time in recent months that a camera has caught children being forced to fight.

    Back in February, a video was discovered on YouTube that showed two young girls, ages 6 and 7, being forced to fight by a gaggle of older people.

    Two teens were questioned in the incident.