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A 16-year-old Ohio girl is dead and another teenager has been charged with murder, all over a fart joke.
Police say that the victim Shaakira Dorsey teased the suspect about passing gas which led to the two girls fighting, reports United Press International.
During the fight, Dorsey collapsed and died shortly thereafter. Dorsey's stepfather was at the fight and witnessed the girl's death. He now faces questions as to what he was doing at the fight and whether he encouraged his daughter to fight the other girl.
Police say they responded to 911 calls about a fight. When the cops arrived, the fight was long over, but medical personnel were attending to Dorsey, reports News Net 5.
Witnesses say that Dorsey was suffering from shortness of breath after the fight and collapsed. While the other girl has been charged with murder, attention is now on the role Dorsey's step-father played in the fight.
Based on Facebook and Twitter posts, it was reported that the stepfather took Dorsey to the fight. When questioned by police, the step-father admits to driving his daughter to the scene of the fight. He says that Dorsey jumped from the back seat, ran behind an SUV, and reemerged fighting the other girl.
One of the 911 calls that night mentioned that kids were fighting and that adults were just standing around watching, reports News Net 5.
If this is true, it will be interesting to learn if prosecutors pursue any criminal charges against the step-father. While he did not directly participate in the killing of his daughter, an argument could be made that he should be partially responsible for child endangerment if he intentionally drove his daughter to participate in a fight.
It's not clear yet if the 16-year-old suspect will be charged as an adult or juvenile for her role in the fight.