Boy, 12, charged with assaulting girl at Rock Hill park

A 12-year-old Rock Hill boy was charged with assault on Thursday after police say he hassled a girl in a park and then bent her fingers back, dislocating them.

The girl’s mother reported on Thursday that her daughter was playing at Friedheim Park a day earlier when a boy began bothering her, according to a Rock Hill police report. The girl, also 12, told police the boy physically assaulted her and continued hitting her until she fought back.

After their brief scuffle, the boy walked away and went to the basketball court, the report states. But, the boy later returned and grabbed the girl’s right hand. He allegedly bent her fingers back, causing them to “break,” the report states.

The girl was treated at Piedmont Medical Center, police say, where she was diagnosed with dislocated fingers.

Police went to Sullivan Middle School, where the boy is a student, and interviewed him, the report states. The boy said the victim hit him with a stick before they began fighting. Police charged the boy with assault and battery and summoned him to appear in family court.