Teen punished after attacking man with baseball bat in Norwalk

Cary Ashby • Sep 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A Willard teen who attacked an 18-year-old man with a baseball bat is on electronically-monitored house arrest in West Virginia.

The 17-year-old defendant pleaded guilty Wednesday to felonious assault in Huron County Juvenile Court. If committed by an adult, the charge would be a second-degree felony.

"He was given a suspended sentence to the Department of Youth Services," court administrator Chris Mushett said.

The Willard boy has been released into the custody of his maternal grandmother.

"They are to provide 24-hour adult supervision for the boy," Mushett said.

He must undergo a mental health assessment and complete any recommended counseling. The boy is prohibited from having any contact or association with the 18-year-old victim, who at one point lived in Norwalk.

At 5:22 p.m. June 30, Norwalk police dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call about a man who was assaulted with a baseball bat on East Main Street, according to the report by Officer Zack O'Neil. It's unknown what started the altercation.

The defendant hit the victim in the head with the bat and caused a fractured skull and an open head injury, Mushett said.

"I think the victim did go to the hospital," said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker when police were gathering information about the incident. "They're still investigating what started it. Very little facts came in initially."

Prosecutors filed a complaint July 2. The defendant appeared for a detention hearing the next day and initially was placed in the Seneca County Youth Center.

As part of his probation, the defendant must perform 100 hours of volunteer work, write a letter of apology to the victim and write a 1,000-word essay on the short-term and long-term affects of brain injuries, Mushett said.

Judge Timothy Cardwell also ruled the boy isn't allowed to use or possess a cell phone, can't use the Internet or social media and until further order of the court, is prohibited from having a driver's license, Mushett said.

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