‘Gentle soul’: Teen in coma after being bashed by group in broad daylight
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The mother of a teenage boy bashed in broad daylight by a group of youths near Doncaster shopping centre is "grateful he is still breathing" after he was placed in a coma.
The 15-year-old was set upon by a group of 10 to 15 teenagers in the Shoppingtown Hotel car park in Doncaster just after 5.30pm on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old boy suffered severe head injuries.Credit:Nine News
"He’s just a really gentle soul. We don’t know the repercussions of this assault, what his recovery journey is going to look like."
The woman said she desperately wanted to find the culprits so her son could feel safe in his local area once he returns home.
"Even for my son’s healing, I don’t want him waking up knowing that these boys were never found and they got away with what they did," he said.
The hospitalised teen's two friends were not injured in the assault. Police believe the bashing may have been filmed on a mobile phone by the attackers.
The teen’s alleged attackers.Credit:Nine News
Investigators are now calling for witnesses to the assault or anyone with CCTV, dash cam footage or mobile phone videos taken at the time to come forward.
Senior Sergeant Rohan Courtis said it was not yet clear whether it was a "targeted or random attack", but police are stepping up patrols in the area stamp out any other anti-social behaviour.
"It's concerning … young people are going about their business are being targeted in this way and seriously assaulted," he said.
"At this point it is non-life threatening, but it could have some long-term ramifications. The head injury is quite concerning.
"It really causes public concern as well. We don’t want this to occur to any other person."
Anyone who witnessed the assault is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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