Detective senior sergeant Grant Ralston launched an operation yesterday to find the  girl’s alleged attacker.
Detective senior sergeant Grant Ralston launched an operation yesterday to find the girl’s alleged attacker.

Teen charged over schoolgirl slashing

A TEENAGE boy has been charged with slashing a schoolgirl's face 20 times in a horrific, random attack at Logan, south of Brisbane.

The girl has undergone surgery after she was repeatedly slashed in the face as she walked to school through a pedestrian tunnel under the Logan Motorway at Kingston on Thursday.

The attack allegedly happened in a pedestrian tunnel under the Logan Motorway near Princess St. The girl was walking to her school, Kingston State College.
The attack allegedly happened in a pedestrian tunnel under the Logan Motorway near Princess St. The girl was walking to her school, Kingston State College.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm following a manhunt that involved about 30 police officers. He is expected to face the Children's Court on Friday but due to his age, those proceedings cannot be reported.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said the boy was arrested in the Kingston area last night.

Detective Acting Inspector Grant Ralston said the girl was walking alone to school when she was targeted "for no reason".

Detective senior sergeant Grant Ralston launched an operation yesterday to find the  girl’s alleged attacker.
Detective senior sergeant Grant Ralston launched an operation yesterday to find the girl’s alleged attacker.

"The male is believed to have had possession of some sort of cutting instrument, like a box cutter, and continually struck the young girl on the right side of the face causing extensive injuries," he said.

"She fought as best she could and eventually after being struck approximately 20 times to the face, incredibly, she managed to pick herself up and run towards her school at Kingston." The girl was bleeding profusely when she reached help. She was rushed to the Queensland Children's Hospital where she remains in a stable condition after undergoing surgery.

She told police the attack only took 10 to 15 seconds.

"The young girl is very brave," Insp Ralston said.



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