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Three teenage girls were arrested Monday night in central Arkansas after videos posted to Snapchat showed a baby they were supposed to be caring for instead being taunted with a Taser, authorities said.

The 1-year-old girl was taken to the hospital to be checked out but was determined to be unhurt, according to a statement posted on the Conway Police Department's Facebook page.

The teens, whose names weren't released because they are minors, were booked into the Faulkner County juvenile detention center. Each faces a charge of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to the statement, a video posted to the social media app Snapchat showed three teens who were supposed to be babysitting instead "laughing hysterically while taunting the baby girl with a taser, which caused the child to scream and sob in uncontrollable fear."

According to a Police Department report, the video featured a laughing emoji and showed one of the teens "holding a zapping a taser" at the girl while she sat on a bed.

"In the video, you can see and hear the electric prongs on the taser lighting up," officer Brittani A. Little wrote in the report. "The baby is visibly terrified and begins crying and trying to get away. You can hear the person recording laughing and see [a second teen] laughing."

The baby is seen wailing and reaching her arms for help, Little wrote.

One of the teens then "walks to the end of the bed and stretches her arm out and zaps the taser two more times in the child's direction," Little wrote, noting the child appears "out of breath from crying so hard."

"[One of the teens] is seen in the background slapping her leg she is laughing so hard," Little wrote.

Another video showed one of the teens "swing back and hit child on the back of the head," Little wrote.

After seeing the posts, the girl's mother took the child to Conway Regional Medical Center and also contacted authorities.

One of the teens later told investigators "the child was never touched with the taser," Little wrote. The officer added that two of the teens said it was the third one's "fault for posting the videos and neither of them saw wrongdoing in their actions."


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  • Csveta7
    July 10, 2018 at 12:17 p.m.

    Those girls are pure sadists. I can’t even speculate as to what environment made them that way.

  • Nljwbailey06081103
    July 10, 2018 at 1:11 p.m.

    This is beyond absurd. They saw no wrongdoing in their actions? I would love to meet their parents & have a conversation!!!

  • cgbp
    July 10, 2018 at 1:18 p.m.

    I wonder what else these girls have done to other kids. Isn't this bullying to the extreme?! They certainly need counseling!

  • mailcom555
    July 10, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

    They will get the "counselling" they need in PRISON!!! because that's were they will end up!

  • zzzzipy12
    July 10, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

    Needs to be some girls taking to the spankin shed!! Use the taser on them!

  • FireEyes
    July 10, 2018 at 2:13 p.m.

    Barbaric!!! I agree with zzzzipy12, time for a meeting out behind the shed/barn for some old fashion board of education liberally applied to the seat of learning........I shudder to think what kind of parents they have.

  • MaryMaryQuiteContrary
    July 10, 2018 at 2:53 p.m.

    This generation makes me sick. They never see any wrongdoing in their actions, and in the rare instance wrongdoing is found, it’s always someone else’s fault. Is this the future we’re faced with?! Let’s get the taser after them. Maybe a few zaps will change their minds. I hope their parents are shocked and mortified.

  • ToTheLeft
    July 10, 2018 at 2:54 p.m.

    What a disturbing story. Poor baby.

  • Razorglass
    July 10, 2018 at 3:09 p.m.

    Our nation has lost it’s soul when three teenagers torment and torture a one-year-old infant. But what is new, when we have become a nation with no empathy for anyone except her own narcissistic selves. But I am not surprised because the Narcissist-in-Chief has been tormenting and torturing Thousands of young children by separating them from their parents. Research has indicated that the primary reason for the Holocaust was the fact the German people had lost any sense of empathy for others. Please pray for us to restore her soul and our sense of empathy for one another

  • LR1955
    July 10, 2018 at 3:26 p.m.

    Just a couple days ago, a teen daycare worker was video’d abusing 2 children. She is 19 so she was named in the news. Bad enough and now this?

    Give them Juvie lock-up, see how funny that is! I bet the the teens & their parents are family/church friends with their victims parents. Why else would a mother allow a group to babysit her child.