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Police Say Mattapan Teen Turned Herself in for Stabbing of Braintree Girl

The following information was supplied by the Braintree Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Teenage girls from Quincy and Mattapan have been charged with assaulting a Braintree girl with the intent to murder following a feud between a group of young women that allegedly erupted in a stabbing at French's Common on Sunday evening.

A 14-year-old Mattapan girl turned herself into Braintree police on Monday morning and was charged in the stabbing of a 15-year-old Braintree girl, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement. None of the girls involved have been named because of their ages.

Jenkins said charges have also been filed against a 13-year-old Quincy girl who allegedly handed the Mattapan girl the knife she used to stab the Braintree girl. The fight itself, Jenkins said, stemmed from a confrontation between the 13-year-old Quincy girl and another 15-year-old Braintree girl at the South Shore Plaza a week earlier.

The Braintree girl "had been receiving threatening text messages all week,
including messages from the Mattapan girl challenging her to a fight," Jenkins said. When the Mattapan girl and her girlfriends did not show at the Plaza this past Sunday, Feb. 12, the Braintree girls were dropped off at French's Common and arranged to meet the other girls there.

"Once there, a fight broke out between the Mattapan girl and the Braintree girl," Jenkins said. "After several minutes, the girls backed off and the Mattapan girl called for someone to get her knife."

At this point, the other Braintree girl stepped in between the girls and was "punched" in the side by the Mattapan girl, Jenkins said. She was later short of breath and in pain and realized she'd actually been stabbed.

Right after the fight, the Mattapan and Quincy girls headed toward the MBTA station. The other girls went to a nearby convenience store where they got emergency help and notified the police. Officers were then able to identify the
Quincy girls and the Mattapan girl, Jenkins said.

The 15-year-old Braintree victim was brought to South Shore Hospital and then later Children's Hospital in Boston, where she was in stable condition as of Monday afternoon.

The Mattapan girl was arrested on a warrant Monday morning when she turned herself in and was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and trespassing. She and the Quincy girl were arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday.

The 13-year-old girl from Quincy was arrested in Quincy and charged with assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and trespassing, Jenkins said.

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