Teen girl recovering after stabbing

November 30, 2009 9:52:03 AM PST
Chicago police are investigating a weekend attack that left a 16-year-old girl hospitalized.The girl was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Andrea Thomas was attacked Saturday around 2:30 p.m. She was stabbed and beaten near her South Side home.

On Monday, Chicago police were trying to sort out what led to the attack.

Thomas was out of the intensive care unit by Monday. Chicago police there is no official motive for the attack at West 102nd and South Carpenter. But the family says Thomas is an innocent bystander.

"I love her, get well, and come home, just stay in school. It's going to be hard, but we'll be there for her," said Samuel Philson, victim's uncle.

Relatives are worried about Thomas' safety after the weekend attack. Thomas is a junior at Carver Military Academy. Her family says she is an active student and involved in the basketball, drill and dance teams. They say she never had any problems with anyone.

They say she was with her older sister. They were in the sister's car when others walked up, and a fight broke out. Police acknowledge there were several people involved. The family says it had to do with the sister's prior romantic relationship.

"I don't understand. She was in the car. She got out, and one girl swung at her and missed. And the other was stabbed in the back. We don't know who turned on her," said Philson.

The family says the sister is bruised and beaten. The two sisters were not the only ones in the car at the time of the attack. The 3-year-old daughter of Andrea's older sister was also with them, according to the family. They say that little girl witnessed the attack on her mother and aunt.


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