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Girls Who Tormented Autistic Maryland Boy May Have Targeted Other Victims

Sister of another alleged victim says girls put her disabled brother's name on a gay website, destroyed property.

Lauren Bush awaits word on whether she'll be tried as adult.
Lauren Bush awaits word on whether she'll be tried as adult.

With a the 15-year-old assailant of an autistic boy already sentenced to six years, a second teenager is now awaiting a decision on whether she'll be tried as an adult for her part in the torment, and prosecutors say more disabled victims may have been targeted.

Separately from the case at hand, the sister of a mentally disabled man said the girls put her brother's name on a gay website, attracting men who showed up at their house.

In the current case, prosecutors say the girls recorded their cruelty on a cellphone, including luring the autistic 16-year-old southern Maryland boy onto a frozen pond, where he fell in multiple times, and encouraging him to try to have sex with his family’s dog.

On Thursday, Judge Michael Stamm sternly rejected the 15-year-old girl's request to spare her a stiff term of incarceration, The Washington Post reports.

St. Mary’s prosecutor John Pleisse said that authorities also have been investigating allegations that she and her friend bullied two other people — including a second disabled student at Chopticon.

“We’re still investigating [one youth], and we know about another disabled person that was taken advantage of,” Pleisse told Stamm, using the alleged victims’ first names.

The other girl involved in the case, Lauren A. Bush, 17, has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault, false imprisonment and child-pornography solicitation and, if convicted, faces up to 80 years in prison.

She is accused of holding a knife to the boy’s throat, and is undergoing several weeks of psychological examinations at a state juvenile detention before a May hearing on whether her case should be transferred to a juvenile court.

The autistic boy's reaction to the charges against the girls added to the heartbreaking nature of the case. He had called the girl his "friends" and said he did not want them charged.

His parents, though, wanted justice pursued, and in Thursday's hearing the boy's father took the stand and addressed the girl directly, the Post reported.

“Your actions have betrayed the trust of someone who thought you were their friend,” he said. “I can say that [my son] almost never smiles, and I hope in time he will heal. I also hope that you will grow to understand that it is wrong to prey upon the weak in our community.”

After the sentencing, Sgt. Cara Grumbles, a spokeswoman for the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department, said the detective handling the autistic boy’s case interviewed the father of another disabled young man who had been bullied by the girls. The father, however, has declined to press charges on behalf of his son, who is now 22 and lives in another state, the Post reported.

His older sister told the paper in an interview that he’d lived near the 15-year-old and that both she and Bush harassed her family numerous times.

“They put my brother’s name on a gay Web site, and his address, and these two men showed up at our house,” said the sister, who requested anonymity in order to protect her brother. “We were having a lot of problems with [the younger girl] and Lauren coming over and destroying my dad’s property.”


Bryan Harz May 01, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Robert they held a knife to his throat and made him have sex with a dog. Made him walk on thin ice hoping he'd fall in the cold water. Maybe not physical injuries, but psychological one's for sure. If it were your boy you may think differently. And they may have targeted others. I hope the judge makes an example out of them. Six years of introspect may do them good.
Chuck Burton May 01, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Six years of introspection might well do those girls some good; but how much guidance for their thoughts are they going to have just looking out through the bars and feeling sorry for themselves? People with low self images sometimes victimize others to feel superior. They need consequences for their actions, but reinforcing how badly they already feel about themselves is likely to show up in their behavior when they leave prison - and in the self images they induce in the kids they will probably have in their future.
Bryan Harz May 05, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Your continually backing these girls up and making them out to be the victims is tiring Chuck. You don't know any of what you've written is true. All possibilities and probabilities, no facts. If you're so interested in the well being of these girls, why don't you take a drive down to St Mary's county and talk to them. Offer them help. Typing feel good psychology nonsense on patch.com is certainly not going to help them. I understand your need to be some kind of Patch Moderator, but I will say the Autism Community in general is tired of giving people like this a free pass. It happens far too often to us and the ones we love.
SUNKEN SUB May 11, 2014 at 07:46 PM
* UP SCOPE ================================================ SIX YEARS --- Cleaning bed pans, changing diapers and moping crap from the floor. Good to go by me. ================================================ Down Scope
Bryan Harz May 12, 2014 at 03:12 PM
I see what you did there...clever. minus the spelling, but still clever. :-)

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