Police: Teenage girls in Maryland use knife to force autistic boy to perform sex acts

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By CNN Staff

(CNN) — Two Maryland teenage girls were charged this week with assaulting an autistic boy and recording him on their cell phones performing sex acts, including some with animals, the St. Mary County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Authorities said the two girls, ages 17 and 15, admitted to police that they assaulted the boy with a knife on “multiple occasions.”

“His parents refer to him as (having) been diagnosed autistic,” said Sgt. Cara Grumbles, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. “Some of the sexual acts involved animals. It’s awful.”

A news release from the department said the girls also kicked the boy in the groin and dragged him by his hair. They also got him to walk onto a partially frozen pond. When the boy fell through several times, they made him get out each time by himself, police said.

Detectives found videos on the girls’ cell phones.

Prosecutors charged the 17-year-old, Lauren A. Bush, as an adult. The 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile. Police didn’t release her name.

Each was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, child pornography and false imprisonment.

CNN’s John Newsome contributed to this report.

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33 comments

  • Chris LaPlume

    shame on you girls. hopefully noone ever treats your children that way. Your parents must be very proud of you.

      • mellodie

        I agree make it so they can NEVER have children_ adoptor an other way anyyy!!! Plus i think both girls get adult Long Long time Not one and theother juveniNo thats fd up they need some mean mean love sick sick sick and over and over. Where the hell r where them girls parents? The must be sick plusss if not that explains some I will pray hes in a better place and the get hard longg senteces My prays and love go out to that poor boys family ;(((

    • Nicole

      I doubt that either of them will be able to have children… they’re about to do so many years in prison, that IF they get out, they’ll probably be too old to reproduce anyway!

      • Ferd Miller

        Unfortunately, the 15yo won’t do any true prison time. Maybe a year or so in a juvie facility then have her record sealed.

        A fitting punishment would be medical sterilization for both. This incident was not a one time “oopsie” kind of bad judgment slip that teens are prone to. This was a prolonged, premeditated torture of a weaker person. Both should be permanently banned from swimming in the gene pool.

    • jewlzzz

      I read a comment someone made asking if these girls were raised by satan, I say no but hopefully these evil horrible wastes of space and air soon will meet their true daddy.
      Hopefully mommy and daddy won’t be able to buy off the judge in this case. NO PLEA AGREEMENTS!!!!!!

      • mellodie

        Sick sick ppl hope as u both rot in jail think for once ONCE WHAT U BOTH DID TO YOURSELF YOUR FAMILY’S FRIENDS AND EVERYONE U KNOW!! AND I HOPE U GET A BIG TASTE OF HURT PLUS LIKE HE DID

  • bbabies_mama

    @Michelle you must be the parent of the 2 girls to think you can blame the boy’s parents. Why not put blame on the parents of the girls to? Why not leave the blame on just the girls who are definitely ages where they choose on their own to be so heinous, and should be tried as adults for those decisions. #disgusting

  • Amanda Taylor

    I would be very interested to know what type of home life these 2 girls had that they seem to have the belief that this kind of thing is okay. What on earth were their parents teaching them?! And while I fully agree that both girls are plenty old enough to understand right from wrong, I still hope that the authorities are looking into their upbringing and what type of situation they’ve been brought up in. Obviously they have some serious mental and emotional issues that need to be addressed.

    • Lisa Johnson

      Sadism and a complete lack of empathy,unfortunately cannot be fixed. New research shows that these pathways are unfortunately programed in the brain at an early age.

    • martha ramirez

      They do know right from wrong but you don’t have to be brought up in a bad home to do terrible things you. You can have a perfect life and still be mean. These girls just saw a week person and decided to have fun with him and they did it more than once.

  • Tanya Lucia

    That poor child! We need to stop putting the blame on everyone but the ones that should be! The girls are not small children – they are almost adults! They are to blame and they should be punished to the full extent!

  • scott

    This is what happens when we turn away from God. We took him out of everything and the majority no long trust in God. So who does that leave to sway the hearts and mind of our children?

  • Nicole

    Not sure about the girl who is 15, but the 17 year old… you’re going to prison! The other inmates don’t care for people who abuse children and you got a long road ahead of you! I hope you both are sentenced to life in prison!!

  • Julie hansen

    Those girls are such sadophysco s . I hope they both get the punishment they deserve. I’d like to get into a room with them. I’d knock them out . Hate hhate hate bullies.

  • Rita Hortin

    We can only hope they don’t reproduce. Did you notice her eyes? There is something sick about her eyes. Seriously haunting. You know what else is sick? A girl that sick could find a friend that was equally sick.

  • Jenny

    The charges that have been filed don’t hold a ton of jail time. Unfortunately the one being charged as an adult is only receiving one count of assault, child pornography,false imprisonment, attempted voluntary man slaughter! Hence the pond he could have died. The laughed at the many times they forced him by knife point to do many things. Kicking him in his groin,pulling him around by his hair. Ps his mom loves him had no idea this was going on. It’s not her fault. I have a 7 year old with autism and I won’t put him in public school for this reason period. I wish these girls both were being charged as adults since there action proved to be very adult. If it was a 30 year old man he’d be strung up. So should they. Sadistic,cruel crazy but he’s both. They would hate to meet me.
    I try to have compassion and tolerance but this just hit too close to home I couldn’t it’s too disturbing.

  • Sean

    You’re a fool if you think the parents are to blame. It’s funny you make that comment while saying nothing about the girls awful behavior..stupid stupid woman!

  • Vince

    “Scott. I’m an atheist. My 3 children are being raised atheist. My family, however, is NOT without morals!! Atheists don’t need a book or all knowing being to know the difference between right and wrong. We cherish the time we have on earth as the only time we’ll have in existence. Don’t suggest for a second that this wouldn’t have happened if these girls were christian.
    If God is so powerful, why wouldn’t he have protected the boy? And if Christians are so gracious and kind, explain the crusades and the inquisition.
    Get out from behind your pulpit.”

    In truth if these girls were bornagain Christians then they would not behave like this. Anyone can claim to be a Christian that does not make them bornagain in the spirit.

    God is all powerful, and God also allows us to make our own decisions. Those Christians you mention from the crusades were not bornagain, they were “self” proclaiming Christians that took the Lord’s word out of context and tried to bully others.

    Unfortunately, many do not know God and get the wrong impression of who he is. May I ask why you think God does not exist? And furthermore, why are you not allowing your Children to make up their own mind as to whether God exist? Have a blessed day.

  • Jenny

    Who ever made the comment about the boy, and it being his fault in anyway shape or form, is as sick as these girls. They forced him to do these things, With a knife to his throat. Forced if your to stupid to know what it means. Don’t comment.

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