O'Fallon teen attacked near mother's home

News-DemocratMarch 19, 2012 

O'Fallon police are investigating an allegedly unprovoked attack of a 15-year-old girl Sunday night.

O'Fallon business owner and resident Tim Petterson, of Petterson Landscaping, said his daughter Haley, a sophomore at O'Fallon Township High School, was attacked by two girls near her mother's home on West Adams Street in O'Fallon. Petterson said Haley's dog "Teddy" got loose around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and she was trying to retrieve the dog when two black girls approached her. "They said `This is our territory white girl,'" he said. "One grabbed her by the hair, and the other one started hitting her in the face."

O'Fallon Police Sgt. Rob Sgt. Schmidtke confirmed the details of the attack.

Petterson said some neighbors turned on their outside lights to see what the commotion was about, and the two attackers ran off.

The attack left Haley, who was already dealing with a hairline fracture to her tibia, with a badly swollen left eye and pieces of hair missing.

"The fact that they attacked her with the cast on is amazing," Petterson said, noting his daughter was in no condition to run away. Police did not have a detailed description of the suspects.

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