Video of beating at Hamilton Place Mall goes viral

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Updated: 2/04/2014 11:51 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - A 13-year old continues to slowly recover after an alleged paid attack by another teenager that was caught on cell phone video.

"That's the video no parent should ever have to see. It was heartbreaking," said Kristy who is the mother of the 13-year who was attacked in a recorded video.

Because the crime involves two minors, WDEF has decided not to publish the names of the two kids or the last name of the victim's parents. 

The attack happened in early January but the video recently surfaced on the internet this past week then went viral.

It shows a tall 14-year old sucker punching the much shorter 13-year old while the person recording the video laughs with others who were nearby. The 13-year old suffered a broken jaw that was cracked in two places. 

According to Kristy and even the 14-year old attacker, both boys knew each other. Kristy says her son met the 14-year old at a local skate park where they became friends. On the day of the attack, both boys were together at the mall with a group of friends.

According to various comments on Facebook, the 14-year was allegedly paid to beat up the 13-year old.

"We have proof that the boy was paid to do it as far as him actually commenting on it," Kristy said.

A woman by the name of Morgan Ritchie, contacted WDEF Tuesday morning and said she was a cousin of the 14-year old.

"I'm just astounded as to why he would do something like this," Ritchie said.

By late Tuesday afternoon, possible answers to that question were publicly posted on the alleged attackers Facebook page. Due to the foul language used by several children involved, WDEF couldn't post or show unedited messages that were written. WDEF decided it would be in the best interest to paraphrase what was written. 

One teen wrote, "All I'm going to say is the 13-year old had a good reason to be sucker punched.  He talks smack. That's all he does. And the reason the 14 year old got paid is because I wouldn't let my boyfriend fight the little guy."

WDEF tried contacting the 14-year old via Facebook and even asked if his parents could speak. There was no reply.

Soon after WDEF sent that message, the teen posted a foul language message on his page admitting to the attack and even wrote that he was sorry.

"An apology is not good enough. My son is sitting there with a broken jaw. He can't go to school. My mother took off work to be with him," Kristy said.

"That kid did not deserve to to punched in the face like that and have a broke jaw," Ritchie said.

A formal police complaint has been filed with the Chattanooga Police Department.

WDEF contacted Hamilton Place Mall administrators and they said they were ware of the video and the alleged crime that took place on Mall property. Marketing director Catherine Wells said the mall is cooperating with police during this ongoing investigation.

WDEF will stay on top of this story and report any new information as it becomes available.

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james - 2/6/2014 10:56 AM
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Where were the parents of ALL these kids? Doesn't the mall have restrictions for minors?

Ale92 - 2/4/2014 10:43 PM
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The picture clearly shows names of the individuals not being named...dropped the ball here guys.

bamagurl1005 - 2/4/2014 9:51 PM
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I seen the video and that is so sad! The boy that punched him is a coward and the lil girl laughing needs to be punished as well. These kids need the same done to them in my opinion.
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