A Florida teen was arrested for beating an autistic 16-year-old after he posted video footage of the assault on his Facebook page.
Andrew Wheeler, 18, was charged with child abuse for the beating of a 16-year-old boy at an Okeechobee County party on Aug. 8.
The 16-year-old says he was invited to a party with other teens where he drank alcohol and passed out. The teen says someone woke him up and told him to go outside and fight someone. That’s when Wheeler allegedly began beating him.
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The victim went out of the house and Wheeler followed. He allegedly choked the boy until he lost consciousness and then struck him in the face. The victim claims that others stood around and laughed and that Wheeler held a knife to his throat, WPBF-TV reports.
Police found the victim lying in the road and he was taken to a local hospital. He suffered a sprained neck, facial and scalp contusions and a concussion.
Police later learned of the Facebook video in which Wheeler is kneeing and punching the victim. Wheeler was arrested Sunday.
A second person was also arrested in connection with the incident. They were not identified.
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