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Camp counselor, 17, accused of choking 9-year-old girl at day camp

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A 17-year-old camp counselor was fired Friday afternoon after allegedly choking a 9-year-old girl at a D.C. day camp.

Yvette Gales came to Edgewood Terrace where Beacon House is located after her daughter called saying a teenager choked her 9-year-old granddaughter.

"I was just really disturbed because she's a little fragile girl," Gales says. "I can't image somebody choking her."

Police say they got the call around 1:45 p.m. Friday afternoon and went to Beacon House.

It's a program that's filled with children this summer. Today was their field day in one part of the complex.

Allegedly, a 17-year-old high school boy, working as a camp counselor grabbed the 9-year-old.

"Unfortunately, one of our teenagers--for some unknown reason--put his hand on the throat of one of our little girls," says Gerry Kuttner, Beacon House deputy director. "And behaved inappropriately and scared the girl and we're upset about it and we've terminated the young man."

The director insists it was an isolated incident. The child's mother did not want her on television.

She was not treated at the hospital.

The teen was not arrested by police.

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