OLYMPIA, Wash. (CBS Local) – A six-year-old in Washington state was hospitalized with a broken arm and badly injured eye after he was reportedly attacked by a group of children bullying his friend.
Carter English was outside his Olympia apartment complex on Aug. 22 when he confronted a group of children who allegedly picked on his friend.READ MORE: Ohio Reports More Deaths Than Births In 2020; Experts Cite Pandemic
“They were just bullying him, like beating him up,” Carter said, via KCCI. “I just told them to stop… and then they did it to me.”
A five-year-old and other children allegedly beat Carter with rocks, sticks, and rubbed sawdust into his eyes. He ended up with a lacerated eye, several cuts and bruises across his head. His broken right arm and eye may require surgery.READ MORE: Jackpot-Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $1.75 Million Sold In Indiana County
“It’s been hell,” Carter English’s mother, Dana said after the two left a Seattle hospital on Aug. 24. “I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. I can’t do anything. I can’t even leave his side.”
Police in Washington have reportedly identified the five-year-old who allegedly started the attack and are getting social services involved. Due to the age of Carter’s bullies, the case will not result in a criminal referral for the children.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 3-Day Total Of 989 New Cases, 11 More Deaths
“Bullying is not OK. There’s no reason to bully someone ever,” the victim’s mother tearfully told reporters. A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Carter’s medical expenses claims that as many as seven children were involved in the assault on the six-year-old.