A 13-year-old Mistissini girl was found beaten and stripped down to her socks October 30.

The girl, who cannot be identified because of her age, was found shortly after the incident with deep bruises, a fractured cheekbone and a fractured jaw. She spent five days in the Chibougamau hospital.

“Her face was very swollen and unrecognizable,” said Mistissini Police Chief Calvin Blacksmith. “It’s rare we see someone beaten up so badly. I would say it’s averaged once a year here.”

Charges have been laid, but the alleged perpetrators also cannot be identified because of their age.

Three counts have been laid against one of the suspects, five against another. They include robbery and assault causing bodily harm. “We tried to ask the crown to lay an attempted murder charge on them but they decided to go with the lesser charge,” said Blacksmith.

They have been released until their next court appearance November 30.