An attack was brought against a 10-year-old black boy who was accused of hitting a nine-year-old white classmate in the face with a rubber ball similar to a dodgeball.
Students at a Canton Township school played a game called & # 39; tips & # 39; on April 29. in which children jump to catch a ball thrown up.
Authorities say the older boy threw the ball vigorously and left his Ruth Eriksson Elementary classmate with a black eye, bruised nose and concussion.
The Prosecutor of Wayne County, Kym Worthy, said on Wednesday that she was against bringing the Michigan child to juvenile court after the indictment was filed Tuesday by the white mother's mother.
Bryce Lindley, who is black, was accused of severe mistreatment after allegedly throwing a ball on April 29 that hit the white student's face to Ruth Eriksson Elementary in Michigan
The charges were withdrawn after his mother claimed that racing was a factor in the case
& # 39; I have no doubt that both involved families love their children and want the best for them. I think there is a better way to move forward right now, & # 39; Worthy said in a statement. & # 39; Although the charge in this case is certainly sustainable, I have instructed my staff to reject this case today.
& # 39; I sincerely hope that both parties come back to come up with a solution that will benefit both children … hopefully these costs do not have to be reviewed. & # 39;
Worthy said the students' families had tried to find a solution before the indictment was filed and that the black child was never arrested.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy instructed her staff to reject the case of the mother of a white classmate and hopes for a new resolution
The older boy's mother claimed that racing was a factor in the investigation that left the 10-year-old in tears.
Worthy, who is black, calls that & # 39; categorically wrong & # 39 ;.
& # 39; No one paid attention to (the) race of either, & # 39; said Worthy.
She added that the charge was taken seriously by the police.
& # 39; The mother of the alleged victim had the full right to go to the authorities and the authorities had an obligation to investigate, & # 39; Worthy continued.
Bryce & # 39; s mother, Cameishi Lindley, hired attorney Maurice Davis to represent her son.
But on July 24, Cameishi received a phone call from the Juvenile Court of Wayne County about her son.
According to a police report, the student's mother filed a complaint against Bryce because her son has a medical condition described by the mother of the accused as & # 39; chronic brain stem disorder & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He got facial problems in his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose, & # 39; the boy's mother told WXYZ.
At the time, Bryce was suspended from school for one day and his mother believes that that was enough punishment.
& # 39; This is a child who was playing with his friends on the playground, & # 39; said Cameishi.
Ten-year-old Bryce Lindley (photo) was left in tears when he was told that he would be accused of assaulting the family of a white child who was hit in the head during a competition
Bryce & # 39; s mother, Cameishi Lindley (left, with Bryce) never thought her son would be accused of severe abuse. But on July 24, Cameishi received a phone call from the Juvenile Court of Wayne County about her son
The 10-year-old mother heard about the indictment on July 24 and a fundraiser started over $ 15,000 of a $ 4,000 goal for legal fees that day
But the other child's mother said it wasn't the first time her son was hurt.
She told the station that he is often the target.
& # 39; My son was hit twice in the face with a ball. The child apologized to my son and my son said, & # 39; mom it's good that we're still becoming friends & # 39 ;.
However, Cameishi said she is & # 39; not aware & # 39; was from other incidents.
Cameishi also wondered why the boy could play if he has a medical condition that is so serious.
A pre-trial conference was scheduled for August 1 in the juvenile court.
Cameishi shared a fundraising page created on July 24 to pay her son's $ 4,000 legal fees. Fundraising raised more than $ 15,374 in donations on Wednesday.
Tuesday she posted on the page: & # 39; I have decided to leave the gofundme account until the hearing is held on Thursday. This allows me to know where we stand with legal costs that can rise very quickly.
& # 39; There will be a lump sum if this issue is resolved without trial, or there will be additional legal fees if this case comes to court. Nevertheless, I will remain very transparent during this process and will keep you all informed as I learn more. & # 39;
The white child suffered a concussion during the incident with Ruth Eriksson Elementary School
The boy's mother said it wasn't the first time her son was being targeted at the school
Attorney Worthy said: & # 39; No one paid attention to (nor) the race of both & # 39 ;, boy in the case as the 10-year-old mother had suggested
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