Schoolboy beaten with baseball bat for £120 jacket left with horror injuries

A schoolboy suffered horrific injuries after he was beaten with a baseball bat for refusing to hand over his jacket, the victim's dad said.

14-year-old Cameron Cowie and his friends were in a park in Penkridge, Staffordshire at around 8.55pm on April 14, when they were attacked, BirminghamLive reports.

A group of older teens approached the 14-year-old and tried to force him to hand over the £120 NVLTY jacket he was wearing, it is claimed.

But when Cameron refused, one of the group allegedly reached for a baseball bat and hit him in the face with it.

The savage blow left Cameron with a fractured eye socket and bleeding on the eye.

According to Cameron's dad Kyle Cowie, 37, a woman from a nearby house ran outside and challenged the group of boys who ran off.

Cameron was rushed to hospital and went to A&E where his dad says doctors said he was lucky to escape with the injuries, due to the reported ferocity of the attack.

Mr Cowie said: "He was rushed to A&E. He sustained multiple injuries including a fractured and disjointed eye socket and bleeding on his eye.

"On one of these appointments, we discovered that his eye socket has moved back slightly – so this is being monitored in case he needs an operation going forward."

Mr Cowie continued the attach had a massive effect on Cameron. "We were due to go away Friday morning (April 15) for Easter," he said.

"I asked Cameron if he still wanted to go away when we came out of hospital and he said 'yes I want to get away from this place'. We went away to a caravan park and attended the entertainment on the evening.

"I could tell Cameron wasn’t happy and when I spoke to him, his reply was '(everyone is) looking at my eye and talking about me, I want to go back to the caravan'. After that, we struggled to get Cameron to leave the caravan or car.

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Mr Cowie continued: "As a parent, I can clearly see what effect this has had on him mentally.

"He’s currently of school because he is scared to go. This will have an effect on him for the rest of his life, which is totally understandable.

"I’m just so grateful to the woman that heard the commotion and came running out. When I think about how bad it could have been, I’m just grateful Cameron got away with the injuries he did.

"Every doctor and consultant we have seen has said do you know how lucky he is to only have these injuries."

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "Police were called to Heron Drive, Penkridge, at around 8.50pm on 14 April following reports of violence.

"On arrival, officers found a 14-year-old boy with head and facial injuries. The victim reported being hit multiple times by an offender with a baseball bat.

"The suspect then fled the scene on the foot towards nearby woods. Following inquires, a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, yesterday (Wednesday, April 27).

"He remains in police custody while inquiries continue. Protecting people from harm is our priority and officers work to ensure victims are appropriately safeguarded to receive the help and support they need."

The DailyStar has approached Staffordshire Police for more information.

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