15 year old boy tried as an adult for beating up a girl
A judicial source in Miami reported that “The fifteen-year-old that struck a brutal beating to a girl of the same age, who was in an induced coma for nearly a month in a hospital in southern Florida, will be tried as an adult.”
The same sources indicated that “Wayne Treacy was charged today with attempted premeditated murder of Josie Lou Ratley, who was kicked by him savagely on the floor repeatedly with riveted steel boots.”
Witnesses who were at the scene of the crime on 17 March, stated that “Wayne Treacy, a student at Deerfield Beach Middle School in Fort Lauderdale (North Miami), hit and kicked on the floor Ratley, student of the same college, on several occasions until a teacher stopped him. “
Now Treacy could face life imprisonment if found guilty. “
Ratley, on Wednesday, awoke from an induced coma in which she has been for nearly a month at the Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Rick Freedman, a lawyer for the family said in a press conference that “Now the child is conscious, but can’t talk yet and can not walk and also can barely move her right arm and hand.”
Doctors said she “was subjected to an induced coma due to the many wounds in the head and hematomas that she had”.
Also explained that “the team of doctors who operated her removed a skull fragment to reduce the stress on cerebral hematoma from which she’s suffering.”
A medical center’s pediatric surgeon said that “her health condition is improving slowly in recent weeks, but suffers headaches and she can not swallow, reason why she’s being fed through a tube.”
Storm Ratley, father of the teenager, told the media that “his daughter wanted to get out of bed and did not understand why she was in a hospital.”
Doctors stated that “probably on Monday she will undergo a new operation for reconstruction of the skull to begin a long rehabilitation process.”
According to reports obtained from the investigations, “the victim had returned to Tracey a text message refering to the recent suicide of his brother, which occurred last year.”
“Treacy, enraged, slipped in his house a steel-toed boots, mounted his bicycle and went to school, where he found Ratley near of a bus stop and gave her a savage beating.”