Ashfield pram attack: Girl learns fate in terrifying assault on pregnant Aussie mum pushing pram

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A teenage girl who attacked a pregnant Perth mum as she pushed her toddlers in a pram has been handed a 12-month detention term over the vicious assault.

The 15-year-old on Wednesday told the Perth Children’s Court she had been “made” to bash the woman by her younger cousin, who was captured riding her scooter in the area prior to the attack.

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Confronting footage released by WA Police shows the moment the 37-year-old mum was attacked from behind as she walked with her two children in a pram in Ashfield on September 5.

In the moments before the attack, the 15-year-old girl is seen riding a scooter on the street alongside her cousin, who was not charged over the incident, before they disappear down a footpath.

Seconds later, the pregnant woman walks into the frame pushing her two babies in a pram as she heads towards the cul-de-sac.

However, she never makes it. The video shows the 15-year-old girl running back and throwing her scooter aside as she charges at the woman and grabs onto her hair.

Video released by WA Police shows a girl launching a frightening attack on the mum. Credit: WA Police

The woman tries to resist but eventually falls to the ground as the teenager drags her by her hair along the footpath and punches her as she lies on the ground.

Her two toddlers are flipped on their backs in the pram during the ordeal, leaving the children dangling as their mum tries to fend off her attacker.

Neighbours told 7NEWS the assault only ended when they rushed out after hearing her screams for help and the cries from her two-year-old girls.

Police alleged the girl was trying to steal the woman’s handbag and was arrested several hours later and charged with one count of robbery.

Two teenage girls were seen riding their scooters in the moments before the attack. Credit: WA Police

The 15-year-old girl, who took the stand ahead of her sentencing on Wednesday, told the court her cousin had told her to hit the woman.

When asked why she followed instructions, she said she was under the influence of marijuana and had “everything going on in my head”.

The girl pleaded guilty to a string of robbery and stealing charges earlier this year and has been in custody since her arrest.

In his sentencing remarks, Children’s Court president Hylton Quail said violence had been normalised within her family from a young age.

Judge Quail described the girl’s time in Banksia Hill, where she has been held in custody, as not helpful in rehabilitating her, saying she has spent up to 23 hours a day locked in her cell.

Quail sentenced the girl to 12 months in detention, with the term backdated to September 2.

With time already served, she will be eligible for release on a supervision order in three months.

– With Rory Campbell

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Ashfield pram attack: Girl learns fate in terrifying assault on pregnant Aussie mum pushing pram

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