MADISON (WKOW) -- An 18-year old Madison high school student has been charged with a felony, after police officials say a YouTube video of her attack on a younger girl went viral on Facebook among members of school communities, and a school official notified authorities.
Nanyamka James of Madison made a court appearance Tuesday on the felony charge of intentional child abuse with bodily harm.
A prosecutor said James had a juvenile court record for a battery on a bus driver.
Dane County Court commissioner Todd Meuer granted James a signature bond, with the condition she had no contact with the 15-year old victim, nor be on the victim's street.
Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says the video's depiction of James punching the girl, throwing her to the ground, and punching and kicking the prone victim helped police investigators mount a case to recommend to the district attorney's office.
DeSpain said while posts to social media have helped police investigations and have led to arrests, he said it was possible James was aware she was being videotaped, and the taping motivated her actions.
James told Meuer she is in her senior year at Memorial high school. A school district spokesperson had no comment.
A criminal complaint states the attack took place last week on Russett Road.
The complaint states the man who videotaped the confrontation provided some narration, including noting just before the attack, "...this what happens when you trappin'."
DeSpain said the victim was not seriously hurt.