FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Thirteen-year-old beating victim Josie Lou Ratley has emerged from a coma, but she'll face a long recovery.
An attorney for Josie Lou Ratley's family says doctors have found she has a traumatic brain injury and can't speak, walk or move her right arm very much. The 15-year-old has been in a coma and hospitalized at Broward General Medical Center since she was beaten at Deerfield Beach Middle School on March 10, 2010. The alleged attacker in the case, 15-year-old Wayne Treacy, is being held at a juvenile detention center and authorities say he's facing charges of attempted murder.
Investigators say the boy attacked Ratley after an apparent text messaging argument.
A girl, described as Ratley's best friend, has alco been charged in the case. On March 19, thirteen-year old Kayla Manson stood before a Florida Judge to answer charges that she was part of a brutal attack on Ratley.
Police say Manson urged her boyfriend (Treacy) to defend her honor after an apparent argument over a text message with middle school classmate and best friend Josie Lou Ratley. Investigators say Treacy arrived at the school and met Manson. She proceeded to show Treacy the location of Ratley's last class of the day.
One witness told reporters Wayne Treacy waited for the opportune time, then rushed up to Ratley and proceeded to push, swing, kick and slam Josie Ratley's head to the ground until she was unconscious.
Because of Manson's involvement, she's now facing accessory to attempted 1st degree murder charges. Josie Lou
A defense lawyer says Wayne Treacy may have been upset over his brother's suicide last year. He remains in a juvenile detention center, and prosecutors are determining whether to charge him as an adult.
Deerfield Beach Middle school is the same school attended by Michael Brewer and his attackers. Brewer was soaked with a flammable liquid and set ablaze last October.