WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: New details have emerged about the 15-year-old girl who allegedly attacked a mum while the woman was pushing a pram in a quiet Perth street on Monday.
Distressing footage released by WA Police earlier this week shows the teen appear to launch at the mum from behind, dragging her to the ground, and leaving her toddlers defenceless in their pram.
Following the incident, which took place on a cul-de-sac in the Perth suburb of Ashfield, the alleged attacker was taken into police custody and charged with one count of robbery.
Police allege the teen was attempting to steal the woman's handbag. She appeared in Perth Children's Court on Tuesday, was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Geraldton's Magistrate Court next Tuesday.
The West Australian has reported the teen had been granted bail just days earlier after appearing in court last Saturday on unrelated charges.
Police commissioner 'lost for words'
Following the horrific incident at Ashfield state Police Commissioner Col Blanch praised the actions of the 37-year-old victim, who is reportedly five months pregnant.
"She hung onto that pram for dear life," he told reporters on Wednesday.
"If that doesn’t demonstrate what a mother is prepared to do to protect their kids, I don’t know what does."
Mr Blanch admitted he was "a bit lost for words with this one."
"To think that we need to be at that level of violence, it really disturbs me," he said.
Video footage shows the woman's attempt to resist after being targeted from behind, but eventually, she falls to the ground.
In doing so, the pram she was pushing also falls backwards. Her children are seen kicking their legs in the air as their mum scrambles to safety.
Teen's family condemn alleged actions: 'It shocked me'
A relative of the alleged offender, who was apparently present at the time of her arrest, describing the vision as "terrifying".
"It shocked me," she told The West Australian on Wednesday. "That’s awful to even see something like that happening.
"I don’t know what that woman is going through, but I just hope that her and her babies are OK. I’d never want to go through anything like that in my life."
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