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12-year-old girls accused of trying to drown classmate

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Two 12-year-old girls were charged with trying to drown a classmate who refused to lend her swim mask and flippers.

The unidentified girls face attempted murder and robbery charges, St. Lucie County police said. One was arrested Tuesday and the other was arrested the previous evening.

Witnesses said Rebecca Nicole Maines, 12, was swimming in a lake near her home Monday afternoon when the two girls asked her for the mask and flippers. When Maines refused, they jumped in the water, grabbed Maines' gear and began beating her.

Maines told police the girls shoved her head underwater. A witness, Hosea Rivers, 16, jumped in, separated the girls and pulled Maines out of the water.

Rivers told authorities he had to pull Maines out of the water a short time later