EDGEWATER -- A 9-year-old girl whose attack by two water gun-toting teen-agers led to their arrest on assault charges was doused with plain water, not bleach as her mother had feared.
V. Richard Molloy, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman, said yesterday that tests showed the Super Soaker water gun contained only water.
The announcement came just hours after one of the teen-agers, a 17-year-old Edgewater youth whose name was withheld by police, went to the girl's home to apologize and give her a balloon.
Kimberly Nicole Cutler of the 1600 block of Havre de Grace Drive suffered minor damage to her right cornea and had to be treated by a doctor, who put a temporary patch on her eye, according to her mother, Karen Cutler.
Police said Lonnie Jay Schreffler II, 18, of the 1300 block of Shore Road and the 17-year-old had been identified by the girl as the teen-agers who shot at her with a Super Soaker gun. She had been standing on the corner of Bentley Road and Shore Drive at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, waiting for an ice cream truck.
Both teens were released to their parents, police said. The high-pressure squirt gun was recovered at Mr. Schreffler's home.
Although the popular water pistols are not illegal, they must be used responsibly, police say.
"It constitutes assault and battery and we are going to make arrests," county police Sgt. Ray Pearson said.