Police: verbal exchange likely led to Ore. beating

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a brief verbal exchange over a boy may have led to a 14-year-old girl's beating on a Portland light rail train.

A bystander shot a cell phone video of the fight that was briefly posted on YouTube.

Officers this week arrested three teen girls in the Dec. 26 attack. The mother of two of the girls was also arrested, accused of lying to police. Bail for the mother and her 18-year-old daughter was set Friday at $40,000.

Transit Police Cmdr. Mike Crebs told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/85TD7B ) that Karley Buckland boarded a train with some friends after shopping. Crebs says there was a dispute over some things the attackers said to the boy with Karley. The officer says a distasteful comment about the boy's good looks prompted Buckland to "express dismay." Police say the three attackers then started slapping and punching Buckland.

Despite the exchange, Crebs says Buckland certainly didn't provoke the attack.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com