THOMASVILLE -- The two girls involved in a cutting -- that exposed bone -- had been best friends for a long time.

On Wednesday, one of the 15-year-olds was a patient at Archbold Memorial Hospital, recovering from emergency surgery to close deep facial cuts inflicted with a straight-edge razor. Her alleged assailant is being held at the Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center, charged with aggravated battery.

In the middle of Raleigh Avenue about 7 p.m. Tuesday, police found the victim. She had sustained two deep facial cuts -- one from the top of the head to the ear, the other from behind the ear along the cheek bone.

"A specialist, a plastic surgeon, was called in to perform emergency surgery," said Sgt. Melven Johnson, assistant commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

"They were close friends, very best of friends," Johnson explained.

Several months ago, a disagreement occurred between the teens, who are Thomasville High School students.

"It got started at school," Johnson said. "They have been arguing and bickering at each other for several months."

On Tuesday, the suspect walked back and forth on Raleigh Avenue in front of the victim's residence, taunting her, the officer said. The activity led to a physical confrontation.

A male possibly is the reason for the disagreement, Johnson explained.

The suspect is to make a first appearance today in Thomas County Juvenile Court.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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