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12-year-old girl charged in acid attack on 11-year-old at Detroit playground

Deaira Summers was a bystander in an argument between her cousin and the 12-year-old girl when she was doused in a caustic substance, her family said.
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A 12-year-old girl has been charged in connection with what officials say was an acid attack on another girl on a Detroit playground this month.

The 12-year-old girl is scheduled to be in court Tuesday afternoon on one count each of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felonious assault, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy said in a news release. Worthy's office said the girl was released on a $10,000 bond "with a tether" Saturday.

She was not publicly identified by authorities, and her case will be heard in the court's Juvenile Referee Department. The girl's family have not identified themselves, and it is unclear whether they have an attorney.

“This is an extremely troubling set of allegations," Worthy said. "Instant horrible-decision making can have lifelong effects on others. There is no excuse for this."

The family of Deaira Summers, the 11-year-old girl who was doused with the acid, told NBC affiliate WDIV that the attack happened July 9 while Deaira and her cousins were playing at Vernor Elementary School. The 12-year-old was involved in an argument with Deaira's cousin.

“It is going to scar her for life,” said Domonique Summers, Deaira's mother. “It was a traumatizing event that took place, and she’s going to remember this the rest of her life.”

After the argument, Deaira and her siblings left the park, but Deaira went back for her purse, and the acid was thrown on her, according to the family's GoFundMe campaign. She suffered second- and third-degree burns on her back, arms and legs.

She spent four days in the burn unit at the hospital, the medical fundraiser said.

Deaira showed WDIV her injuries, saying she screamed and cried after the unknown liquid was thrown on her.

"At first, it didn't feel like it," Deaira said. "But then, like, two seconds later, it started burning and went through my shirt, my shorts."

Detroit police did not immediately respond to a request for more information Monday.