Nevaeh Thomas, an 11-year-old Black girl from Kansas City, KS, is recovering after being brutally beaten Friday in a racially motivated attack. Now, a 12-year-old boy charged in her attack is on house arrest and could face hate crime charges.
The children were playing outside near an apartment complex when an older boy verbally attacked her by using racial slurs and proceeded to physically attack Nevaeh Thomas after she responded, “My Black is beautiful.”
Initially, investigators did not confirm whether a child attacked Nevaeh. A police incident report only confirmed that she was hit with a blunt object. However, it was later reported that a 12-year-old boy had been charged with felony aggravated battery in connection with the attack and placed under house arrest. According to Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, “hate crime charges could be filed in the case, although proceedings in the juvenile system are often handled differently than the adult system,” Fox 4 reports.