Charges dropped against 10-year-old boy following dodgeball injury

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(CNN Newsource) — A prosecutor dropped the charges against a 10-year-old boy charged with Aggravated Assault over a playground game. ABC 7 in Chicago is reporting the case was dismissed.

This comes after a mother in Michigan initially pressed charges after she says a 10-year-old purposely threw a ball at her son’s face in Michigan.

Cameishi Lindley said, “these kids are basically playing a game that we all have played.”

On April 29, what seemed like a harmless game ended with one student getting seriously hurt. The boy’s mother says her son has a rare medical condition that makes head injuries especially dangerous.

According to a police report, during that game, another boy threw the ball at his face on purpose.

The child’s mother said, “he sustained facial tissue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruise nose.”

Records show the then fourth-grader also suffered a concussion.

His condition is something Cameishi Lindley says she and her son Bryce knew nothing about.

Bryce was initially charged with aggravated assault Wednesday.

“I couldn’t believe it”, Lindley said.

That was on top of a one-day suspension that occurred right after the incident.

Lindley said, “this is a kid that was playing on the playground with his friends.”

“I tried not to let it get to this point,” the victim’s mother says.

She claimed her son has been hurt before and she reported it to the school, stating “my son was hit twice in the face with a ball previously due to this and the child apologized to my son and he said mom it’s okay we’re still gonna be friends.”

“I’m unaware of any of those situations. Sorry that her child got hurt. I’d be sorry for any child that got hurt,” says Cameishi Lindley.

She said she wishes problems like this could be solved in the classroom not the court.

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