The Barbour County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident where a 14-year-old girl was lured from her house through text messages and beaten by three other juveniles.
The victim had to be transported by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital because of her injuries, according to a news release from Deputy J.C. Kennedy.
The deputy was dispatched to Belington around 6:15 p.m. Monday for a call where a woman stated her "daughter had been battered by three other juveniles, one male and two other females, and that her daughter needed immediate medical attention," Kennedy said in the release.
The Belington Fire Department and the Belington Emergency Squad responded to the scene and set up a landing zone for Health-Net.
"According to statements, the altercation began after one of the juveniles lured the victim from her home into town via a friendly text message," Kennedy said in the release. "An investigation is currently under way into the incident."
Kennedy and Deputy Brad Miller are leading the investigation.
"It has not yet been determined if this incident is related to the bullying that has become such a major problem in schools in the surrounding area," Kennedy said in the release. "Regardless this matter has and will receive top priority until this whole incident has been investigated, all parties involved have been interviewed and the matter resolved."
Police said criminal charges are pending by way of "juvenile petition" through the Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.