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Delaware County teens held in juvenile detention center charged with assault and battery

April 11th, 2012 by Brian Zeiger
The wooded area near the victim's house has never been the site of an attack as brutal as this one.

Delaware County teens are being held in juvenile detention center where they are being charged with assault and battery. After the incident, which left a man in the hospital for four days, five teens are in custody. There was reportedly seven other adolescents involved.

The beating occurred in a borough in surrounding Philadelphia on March 31. Law enforcement officials say the victim, whose name was not released, entered the wooded area near his home after he noticed smoke.

When the perpetrators saw him, they attacked the 31-year-old man and left him with broken bones, blurred vision, facial injuries and a punctured lung. Danielle Lauria, a passerby heard the man screaming for help, reports say. When she found him, he was bloodied and in terrible condition. She immediately dialed 911.

"Oh I felt so bad, he just looked horrible," she said. "There was blood all over his hoodie, blood coming down from the face, the right eye was almost swollen shut."

Neighbors carried the man out to safety before paramedics arrived on the scene. In the past, teens have been known to frequent the wooded area where the attack occurred, but it was never known to be the site of an attack as serious as the one that involved these 12 teens.

Law enforcement say they are still looking for the seven additional teenagers that participated in the attack. Police also say they will ask that the Delaware County District Attorney look over the case and try the assailants as adults for attempted murder.

No date has been set as to when the teens will be arraigned. If you have been accused of a crime like assault and battery, you may benefit from a consultation with a consultation with a defense attorney who can help you assess your claim and try your case in a court of law if necessary.

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