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Two teenage girls have been charged with assault, St. Mary’s law officers report, from attacks on a boy, who is mentally challenged and who was coerced to perform sexual acts, and to walk onto a frozen pond where he fell through the ice.

Lauren A. Bush, 17, of Mechanicsville was released from custody Wednesday on personal recognizance, online court records state, after she was charged as an adult with first-degree assault, false imprisonment and soliciting a minor in the production of child pornography — offenses that allegedly occurred between early last December and early last month.

A 15-year-old girl charged with similar crimes was detained, the sheriff’s office reported Wednesday, at a state juvenile facility to await a court hearing.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Andrew Holton began investigating last Friday the alleged attacks on the 16-year-old boy, and the deputy learned that the multiple incidents had been recorded on cell phones. Detectives Scott Ruest and Ashley Croyle reviewed the cell phone videos, and questioned the suspects.

The investigation confirmed that the boy also had been assaulted with a knife on multiple occasions, kicked in the groin and “dragged around by his hair,” the sheriff’s office reported on Wednesday afternoon. When he repeatedly fell through the ice on the pond, the sheriff’s office reports, neither suspect helped him get out of the frigid water.

The sheriff’s office described the boy as having a diminished mental capacity.

“His vulnerabilities made this crime more heinous,” Sheriff Tim Cameron (R) said Wednesday after the suspects’ arrest.

jwharton@somdnews.com