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Cleveland mother accused of encouraging attack on child with autism

Video of the attack was posted on social media. (Source: Facebook) Video of the attack was posted on social media. (Source: Facebook)
Calia Harris was arrested days after the fight. (Source: Cleveland Police) Calia Harris was arrested days after the fight. (Source: Cleveland Police)
Joyce Swann, the victim's mother, is disappointed in the 30-year-old mother's actions. (Source: WOIO) Joyce Swann, the victim's mother, is disappointed in the 30-year-old mother's actions. (Source: WOIO)

One Cleveland mother is accused and another is mortified after an attack on a child with autism was captured on video and posted online. 

There are two issues with this story. One, a mother who appears to be encouraging her daughter to beat up a 12-year-old with autism. Two, a mother who says none of this would have happened to her child if Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority had done its job. 

As has become the trend, multiple witnesses used cell phones to record the fight instead of break it up. 

The videos from Saturday night at King Kennedy CMHA housing are hard to watch. They show two sisters punched and beaten by two much larger girls. One of the victims in the fight is a 12-year-old with autism. She ends up underneath a much bigger girl and you can hear 30-year-old Calia Harris instruct her daughter.

"Punch her mother f-ing face in. Beat her face in," the woman yells, as she stands over the girls on the ground.
 
You can hear the girl with autism scream as she gets pinned to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face.
 
"Just you talking about it right now, I'm getting tears in my eyes," Joyce Swann tells 19 Action News Reporter Dan DeRoos.
 
Swann says she can't watch the complete videos.
 
"When I first saw my daughter, at the thing, her face was full of blood. Like, all over her face," says Swann.
 
Swann also says her nine children have been bullied at the King Kennedy complex for years. She claims she was eventually approved for an emergency transfer to another location two years ago, but they never moved her.
 
"CMHA, they failed me," Swann explains. "It wouldn't have happened. Never. This never would have happened. I've been screaming for help."
 
Harris was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the incident. In court on Thursday morning, she pleaded not guilty to aggravated riot, but could face other charges. Her bond was set at $50,000 and her case was bound over to the grand jury.
 
"She had every power in the world to stop that fight once she got outside, but she didn't. She failed to do it," accuses Swann.

When DeRoos contacted the CMHA, they claimed they "don't have an answer" as to what happened to Swann's emergency transfer, but they're looking into it. Officials said Swann's case has become a priority.

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