HAMILTON, Ohio – Authorities charged two Hamilton teen girls and one man Friday after video of the teens beating each other spread online this week.
The girls, ages 13 and 15, were recorded fighting in the middle of a lawn on the west side of Hamilton, police said. They were charged with disorderly conduct.
The father of the 13-year-old, Ray E. Asher, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for encouraging his daughter to fight, officers said.
Authorities say Asher enters the video and begins calling one of the girl's a “cry baby” and encouraging his daughter with statements like: “Hit her harder,” “scratch her eyeballs out” and “daddy’s gonna’ get it too.”
“The department is really concerned about… adults encouraging the fighting behavior,” Hamilton Police Sgt. Ed Buns said earlier this week. “If parents want to cheer on their children, that’s great. Cheerlead them in sports, cheerlead them to do well in school. No responsible parent is going to cheerlead their children to beat another child up.”
Video of the fight began to spread rapidly on YouTube and Facebook after it was posted online Sunday.
Buns said detectives later spoke with the parents of the two girls. Neither chose to press charges.
“Parents of both girls acknowledged that their daughters were involved, and both refuse to complete a crime report for assault or assist in any criminal prosecution,” Buns said.
Asher is scheduled to be arraigned in a Butler County courtroom on Aug. 8 at 8:30 a.m.
WCPO's Julie O'Neill contributed to this report.