A Massachusetts boy was charged with attempted murder and assault after he allegedly attempted to drown another boy in a pond last July.
On July 19, the 14-year-old White suspect began a fight with a Black boy and threatened him with a stone as he shouted racial slurs at the victim.
The victim fled to water after putting on a life vest, prosecutors said. The suspect followed him and pulled on the victim’s life jacket before submerging him at least four times under the surface.
The suspect swan under the victim and grabbed his feet trying to pull him under the water as he struggled to breathe. A Good Samaritan intervened and saved the Black teen.
“It’s just a sad situation. But I don’t see that there was any intent to murder the young man,” defense attorney Kevin Reddington said adding that the boys were originally friends.
This week, the suspect was released to his father in condition to wear a GPS device.