Wednesday, October 02, 2002
|Charlie Young Jr. was beaten to death
by a mob of nearly 20 youths.
MILWAUKEE A mob of boys lay
in wait for a man before using a TV wrestling move and
everything from broomsticks to strollers to bludgeon him to
death, according to their confessions to police.
After going to a friend's home he thought
would be a safe haven, Charlie Young Jr., 36, was attacked
with metal poles, 2-by-4's and other implements late Sunday by
an ever-growing mob.
"This group of kids just kept getting
bigger as word spread throughout the neighborhood," Assistant
District Attorney Joy Hammond said. "It's chilling."
Young, who was found unconscious and
bleeding from head to toe on his friend's porch, died Tuesday
after he was taken off life support.
Milwaukee County District Attorney E.
Michael McCann said 13 children and two adults were in custody
and expected to be charged in the death. Under Wisconsin law,
those 17 or older are considered adults.
||Monday: Blood remains splattered on
the front porch of the home where Young was
McCann said prosecutors had not yet decided
what charges to file, but were considering murder.
In statements to police obtained by The
Associated Press, the boys ages 10 to 18 gave graphic details
of the beating inflicted on Young a man they knew by street
names of "June" and "380."
A 16-year-old described how he jumped back
each time he struck Young with a shovel handle so blood
wouldn't get on his clothes. Eventually, the shovel handle
split in two as he bashed Young over the head.
He said he stopped on his way home to dump
his blood-soaked shoes into a sewer manhole.
One of the boys said he held the already
bloody Young in a wrestling move called a "cripple cross face
hold" so others could beat Young.
|Tuesday: This is the home on 21st
Lane in Milwaukee where Charlie Young Jr., was attacked.
Several suspects have records for drug or
burglary charges, and some claim gang affiliations, although
police say they do not believe the attack was gang-related. A
few suspects are teen fathers.
The mother of a 13-year-old in custody said
in a telephone interview that she hoped her son won't be sent
to prison. She said he hit Young once with a stick.
"Don't take a baby away," she said. "He
hasn't seen even half of his life."
Juvenile Court Commissioner Dennis Cimpl
ordered three more children held Wednesday, saying they were a
threat to the community. None of their parents appeared in
A 16-year-old was released Wednesday
because prosecutors said there was not enough evidence against
Police said the youths beat Young after he
chased a 10-year-old boy who hit him with an egg and punched a
14-year-old boy who intervened.
The 14-year-old boy told police he didn't
know the beating might kill Young.
"I feel kind of bad because I did not know
he was hurt that bad to make him die," the boy wrote. "I do
not want him to die because my tooth is not more important
than his life is. I'm sorry."