Woman only stopped beating up autistic teenager after being told: 'I think she's dead'

Girl left so badly bruised that her own mother says she did not recognise her

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An autistic girl teenager suffered horrific injuries to her face and was left for dead in the street after a woman repeatedly stamped on her head in a brutal attack.

Emily O'Reilly was left so badly bruised, her mother said she did not recognise her.

The 16-year old said she was walking to a branch of Asda in Darlaston, near Walsall in the West Midlands, when someone grabbed her hair from behind.

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Assailant stamped on Ms O'Reilly's head (SWNS)
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Emily O'Reilly before the attack (SWNS)

The assault – during which she was punched, kicked and stamped on – has reportedly left her permanently disfigured.

The teenager's iPhone and a valuable bracelet were also stolen during the incident.

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Teenager's bracelet and phone were stolen during assault (SWNS)

Her attack only ended after she heard someone who was with the girl say: “That’s enough, I think she’s dead."

The teenager's mother, Tanya O'Reilly, described the moment she arrived at the hospital, saying: “What I saw in that room weren’t [sic] my daughter. She was unrecognisable.”

She watched her daughter cry but could not see her tears because the swelling was so bad — an image she said would never forget.

Ms O'Reilly was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, when she was six years old.

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and appeared at Wolverhampton Youth Court on Wednesday.

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Teenager left permanently disfigured after attack (SWNS)

She was granted bail and will reappear at the same court on March 31.