Two Falmouth teenagers were found guilty of assault after they kicked and beat a Franklin teenager until—and after—he was unconscious at a party last summer in Falmouth.
According to Falmouth police, the two who were charged with crimes related to the incident received probation until they reach their 18th birthdays. The court case was conducted on August 18 in Falmouth Juvenile Court.
Because the teens are minors, police and court officials will not disclose their names or when they were charged.
The incident occurred on August 15, 2020, during an underage drinking party at a home at 70 Blacksmith Shop Road. According to police, the homeowners were not there.
During the party, a fight occurred in which the Falmouth teens severely beat the 17-year-old boy from Franklin. As he lay unconscious, the suspects continued to kick and beat him, according to police. He suffered a concussion and two fractures in his jaw. His father brought him to Falmouth Hospital, and he was later admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for possible brain bleeding, according to a redacted copy of the incident’s police report.
The suspects, ages 16 and 17 at the time of the incident, were charged with assault and battery with serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and simple assault and battery. The assault and battery with serious bodily injury charge was reduced and the teens were convicted of two counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to Falmouth Police Lieutenant Douglas DeCosta.
What began as a “friendly wrestling match” led to a brutal beating, according to the police report. After the victim “lightly kicked the leg of the other boy in a way to tell them to stop wrestling,” others jumped the victim and starting punching him and knocked him to the ground, the police report said.
One of the boys kicked the victim in the head as hard as he could, knocking the victim unconscious, the police report said.
Police spoke with several witnesses and other participants involved in the incident, most of whom are from Falmouth.
“They were all punching him as he’s defenseless. He ends up on all fours, where [redacted] walks up and punts in the head with a full kick. This is where [redacted] gets knocked out. Although he is unconscious, [redacted] and his friends keep kicking,” one witness said.
Another witness wrote in a statement: “By the time I could actually get people off of them the damage was already done. One of my friends was knocked out cold by five kids in the most disgusting act of violence I have ever seen.”