Girl lured into attack on cam hospitalized

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GALION, OH - Police say an Ohio teenager was lured into a group beating.

Multiple witnesses recorded the attack on cell phone, but no one intervened.

The girl's been in the hospital for a week now with serious injuries.

Josh Poland reports.

This cell phone video from last Wednesday is grainy, but police say it shows a 16-year-old girl attacked by what appears to be another teenage girl. Moments later, two other girls join in on the beating.

(Bill Baker/Family Friend):  "This is the first time in her life that she has ever been in a fight.  She had no idea what was going on."

Bill baker is a family friend of Maddie, the girl who suffered life-threatening injuries in the fight.  He's speaking on behalf of Maddie and her family, as she recovers from a ruptured spleen, fractured ribs and internal bleeding.

(Bill Baker/Family Friend):  "There's a community responsibility here. Parents aren't paying attention to what's going on with their kids.  Kids have the wrong impression that violence is okay.  If you get Facebook likes, you're more popular than somebody else. I don't know the mentality behind it, but it's dangerous."

(Josh Poland/Galion, OH):  “This is the alleyway and area where police say the fight took place.  Galion's police chief says multiple people recorded the incident on their cell phones.  He calls the fight disturbing on many level”.

(Chief Brian Saterfield/Galion Police):  "Everybody had the cell phone in their hand and was willing to videotape it, but not one of them was willing to 9-1-1.  There were plenty of people there to stop it and they chose not to."

Police tell me they're still trying to identify the participants and roles in the fight. Maddie's family says they're trusting the police investigation will bring justice.  Until then, they're doing whatever they can to help Maddie recover.

(Bill Baker/Family Friend:  "The physical scars will, probably, go away long before the emotional ones do, so it's going to be a long-term recovery."

Maddie's mom says she's hopeful she will be able to leave the hospital later this week.

In a statement, she said society has reached a point where everyone wants to be the first to get something on social media instead of being the first one to get help. She said there are consequences for actions, but there should also be consequences for inaction when someone is in danger.