Woman arrested, charged in connection with beating of girl with autism

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CLEVELAND-- According to the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing  Authority police chief, 30-year-old Calia Harris has been arrested and charged with aggravated rioting in connection with the beating of a girl who has autism. The child just turned 12 years old today.

Charges are also being discussed for two juveniles. A second adult is considered a person of interest.

The girl's mother, Joyce Swann, told FOX 8's Suzanne Stratford that her daughter was attacked not far from their home inside a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority complex on East 66th Street in Cleveland on Saturday.

Graphic video shows the girl being knocked to the ground and dragged by the juveniles.

At one point, one of them is on top of the girl and seems to be choking her while the teens’ adult mother is cursing and cheering.

The mother seems to repeatedly say “get her” and “beat her” up.

The video also seems to show the attackers’ mother and adult friend helping the older girl hurt Joyce’s daughter.

CMHA police tell Suzanne they are taking the case to a grand jury where additional charges could be filed.

Stay with FOX8 for any new details.

*Watch Suzanne's original report below: Warning: Some of the video in the story is graphic and might be disturbing to some viewers.