Defendants enter guilty pleas in February 2022 street assault of 12-year-old Elk Grove girl

A video recording of a February 9, 2022, Elk Grove assault of a schoolgirl circulated widely on social media and assisted in the apprehension of susepct

The Sacramento District Attorney’s office announced today that three defendants in an Elk Grove assault case entered guilty pleas to the charges they faced. Keynisha Mitchell pled to felony child abuse and felony assault with the personal use of a semi-automatic firearm. Demetria Fowler and Robin Morris pled to misdemeanor child abuse.

On the late afternoon of February 9, 2022, Mitchell, Morris, and Fowler, along with one of the defendant’s young daughters and an unknown adult woman, waited for the 12-year-old female victim to leave school. After the victim left school and headed home, the defendants assaulted her near Bruceville Road and Laguna Boulevard. 

The victim was punched 15 times in the face by Mitchell, who also kicked and stomped her head while she was on the ground. Morris and Fowler also assaulted a 12-year-old male student who was filming the assault by throwing things at him, hitting him with a stick, and pushing him into traffic. 

The unknown adult woman pepper sprayed multiple people at the scene, including the male child victim. 

Later that same evening, Mitchell committed an unrelated assault on an adult male and an adult female. Mitchell fired a semi-automatic handgun in the air and then pointed the gun in the female victim’s face and threatened to kill her. 

Mitchell will be sentenced to a total of eight years and 4 months in state prison for both assaults, while Morris and Fowler will serve local jail time and be placed on formal probation for four years.

Formal sentencing is set for May 12, 2023, at 10 a.m. before Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

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