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10-year-old boy charged with assault after dodgeball injury

UPDATE: The charge has been dropped. Details here.

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ/CNN) — Imagine getting a call from the police telling you your 10-year-old son has been charged with aggravated assault over a playground game.

That’s exactly what happened last week in Michigan. One mother is pressing charges after she says that 10-year-old purposely threw a ball at her son’s face.

“These kids are basically playing a game that we all have played,” Cameishi Lindley, the mother whose son is charged with assault said.

But on April 29th, what seemed like a harmless game ended with one student getting seriously hurt. According to the boy’s mother, who asked we not show her face, he has a rare medical condition making head injuries especially dangerous.

According to a police report, during that game, another student threw a ball at his face on purpose.

“He sustained facial tissue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruise nose,” The mother of the hurt child said.

Records show the then fourth-grader also suffered a concussion. His condition is something Lindley says she and her son Bryce knew nothing about.

Wednesday, Bryce was charged with aggravated assault.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Cameishi said.

This is on top of a one-day suspension which occurred right after the incident.

“This is a kid that was playing on the playground with his friends,” Cameishi said.

“I tried to not let it get to this point,” the mother of the hurt child said.

This mother claiming her son had been hurt before and that she reported it to the school.

“My son was hit twice in the face with a ball previously due to this and the child apologized to my son and he said mom it’s ok we’re still gonna be friends,” the mother of the hurt child said.

“I’m unaware of any of those situations. Sorry that her child got hurt. I’d be sorry for any child that got hurt,” Cameishi said.

Cameishi just wishes problems like this could be solved in the classroom, not the court. The case will go before a judge in juvenile court on August 1st.


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