EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 12-year-old boy from the Southtowns was kicked in the head so hard you could still see the shoe print on his face.
The victim’s mother was upset when she heard a police lieutenant call it a case of, “kids being kids.”
“It infuriated me. It was a brutal vicious attack,” she told News 4.
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Police are responding, saying they’re taking this attack very seriously. Town of Evans Police Chief Ernie Masullo tells News 4 two more teens have now been charged in the case.
“We want to send a message that we will not tolerate these kids being violent like this,” said Chief Masullo.
Town of Evans Police have charged 16-year-old Ian Ross as an adult with serious felonies, including assault and robbery. Photos show the victim with a black eye, a swollen face, and a shoe print embedded in his skin.
In a signed confession, Ross told police after putting out his cigarette on the victim’s neck and punching him, “out of sheer anger I stomped on his head.”
According to the statement, he admitted the blow knocked the 12-year-old unconscious.
“I don’t know what would have happened to him if there was one more kick,” the victim’s mother told News 4 last week.
Despite the serious charges, the victim’s mother wanted to know why a police lieutenant, in a News 4 interview, would characterize the beating as “kids being kids.”
“What the lieutenant meant was, prior to this incident, kids were bad-mouthing each other, calling each other names. And what he meant was they were talking how some kids talk to each other – kids being kids. In no way did he mean the assault was kids being kids. In fact he did say [the kids] handled it inappropriately. No way should violence be involved,” Chief Masullo said.
According to police documents, the badmouthing and name-calling was the motive for the attack. In his confession, Ross also admits stealing then smashing the 12-year-old’s cell phone.
Police have now charged the two other teens who allegedly lured the victim out of his house.
The victim’s mother said she is relieved to hear the chief’s comments and she’s glad the two other boys are charged as well.
They face conspiracy and assault charges in Family Court.