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Boy Who Put 12-Year-Old In Coma Faces Charges

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the aggravated battery of a 12-year-old boy.

The incident occurred on Feb. 3 at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin, Illinois, reports the Daily Mail.

The accused allegedly attacked Henry Sembdner for bumping into him in the hall. Henry suffered multiple face fractures and bleeding on the brain, and was placed in an induced coma for several days.

The older boy was charged as a juvenile with one felony count of aggravated battery and two misdemeanor counts of battery. He was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and is allowed to leave home only to go to school, though he is no longer attending the school where the incident took place.

Henry's family's attorney, Lance Northcutt, said the attack was seemingly without motive, reports WLS-TV. "There was no history of bullying, there was no prior interaction between these two kids, but what we still don't know is why this other child reacted the way he did," Northcutt explained.

Henry was discharged from the hospital on Feb.7. His mother, Karen Sembdner, announced on Twitter: "We are happy to be home but this is just a baby step on the road to recovery."

The story of his ordeal went viral after Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tweeted about it. He offered the youngster free tickets and invited him to watch batting practice once he is well enough to do so. In response, students at Henry's school have worn Cubs gear as a show of support.

The boy accused of the crime could face up to five years in juvenile detention if he is convicted.

Sources: Daily Mail, WLS-TV / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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