Olympia Boy, 6, Hurt In Fall, Not By Bullies, Police Say: UPDATE
UPDATE: OLYMPIA, WA — Olympia police said the 6-year-old boy who claimed he had been beaten up by bullies when he defended his friend instead was injured in a fall at his apartment. In a news release, police said no charges will be filed because they think the boy’s mother believed the boy’s explanation for his injuries and did not make up the story she told authorities. A GoFundMe campaign has since been taken down.
ORIGINAL REPORT: By the time the other seven kids were done beating Dana English’s 6-year-old son, Carter, he had a broken arm, lacerated eye, and several cuts and bruises across his face. He may lose his eye as a result of the encounter outside an Olympia apartment complex last week.
It started, Carter’s mom told television station KOMO, when her son confronted the group of kids his age and told them to stop bullying his friend Wednesday afternoon.
They turned their attention to Carter, according to a police report that says the kids threw rocks at Carter, hit him with sticks and rubbed sawdust in his eyes.
“They were just bullying him, like beating him up,” Carter told KOMO. “I just told them to stop … and then they did it to me.”
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Carter underwent surgery to repair his eye Friday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the report said.
“It’s been hell,” English told the television station. “I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. I can’t do anything. I can’t even leave his side.”
Olympia police told KOMO they’ve located the 5-year-old who is believed to have started beating on Carter and child protective services will be brought in. The county prosecutor declined a criminal referral due to the age of everyone involved, according to the report.
Friends and family of English have established a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help offset medical bills and other expenses. He may need another surgery on his arm. Nearly $18,000 had been raised by Monday afternoon.
English said her son was standing up for what he thought was right.
“I really don’t know what I’m hoping for other than for people to know that this is not acceptable,” English told the television station. “Bullying is not OK. “There’s no reason to bully someone ever.”
Cards may be sent to Carter and his mother to a post office box provided by Armstrong Racing. The address is:
P.O. Box 13381
Olympia, WA 98508
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