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    Default Florida Teen, Josie Ratley, Fights for Life after Bus Stop Beating

    BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Broward County Sheriff's Office said a second person has been arrested in connection with the beating of a 15-year-old girl who was waiting for a bus at Deerfield Beach Middle School.

    The second person arrested is a 13-year-old girl, who was not identified.

    Josie Ratley, 15, was waiting for the bus after school Wednesday when witnesses say her ex-boyfriend, Wayne Treacy, attacked her. The 13-year-old girl directed him to the victim, according to investigators.

    "And he started pounding on her, and stepping on her head...and all I saw was blood dripping down her face and she went unconscious," said witness Jepsthe Stfoeur.

    Treacy was ordered held in juvenile detention Thursday for 21 days while prosecutors decide whether to charge him as adult.

    Treacy, dressed in a dark blue jail jumpsuit, said nothing during his short hearing. His mother, Donna Powers, and stepfather, Carey Smith, were present.

    Public Defender Betsy Benson said the suicide of Treacy's brother in October and Treacy finding the body triggered what happened Wednesday, but she would not go into specifics. She said the suicide happened the day before Treacy's birthday.

    Benson described Treacy as a "good son" who's never been arrested.

    Treacy attends Deerfield Beach High School and has been suspended for 10 days and faces expulsion, said Broward school district spokeswoman Nadine Drew.

    Some parents say violence at Deerfield Beach Middle School is out of control.

    "What I'm saying is the schools need more security," said parent Evander Derico.

    This isn't the only recent act of teen violence associated with the school. Michael Brewer, the teen who was set on fire by a few of his peers, also attended Deerfield Middle. Wednesday his grandmother spoke out.

    "Those feelings are still very fresh...very very fresh," said Reenie Brewer, Michael's grandmother.

    Ratley and her grandson were classmates.

    Reenie Brewer said she can relate to the kind of pain the Ratley family must be feeling and wants them to know that the Brewer family is there for them.

    Ratley is listed in critical condition at Broward General Medical Center.

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    Default Re: Florida Teen, Josie Ratley, Fights for Life after Bus Stop Beating

    Text Message Dispute Triggered Brutal Fla. Beating


    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The brutal beating of a 15-year-old girl at a Florida middle school was triggered by a text message dispute between the victim and the teenage boy accused punching and stomping on her with steel-toed boots, authorities said Thursday.

    The 15-year-old suspect was ordered held at a juvenile detention center while prosecutors determine whether to charge him as an adult. He was arrested after the attack Wednesday on a charge of premeditated attempted murder. His next court date is March 26.

    The Broward Sheriff's Office said Josie Lou Ratley was in critical condition a day after the attack.

    The sheriff's office also said a 13-year-old girl was arrested Thursday as an accessory to the brutal beating.

    Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said the 13-year-old girl pointed out the victim to the boy when he arrived at Deerfield Beach Middle School. Lamberti said the male suspect and the victim didn't know each other well.

    The girl "knew he was going to do this, did nothing to stop him, and in fact, directed him to Josie, the victim, and pointed her out," Lamberti said.

    The male suspect and the 13-year-old girl were in a relationship, and she had been using other people's phones to send him text messages because she didn't have one of her own, Lamberti said. The suspect had sent a message to Ratley's phone to get in touch with the other girl.

    Lamberti said that the victim objected to the boy's relationship with the 13-year-old and said so during an exchange of text messages with him.

    "Those messages went back and forth and one of the messages was a comment regarding the suicide of his brother, that's apparently what set him off," Lamberti said.

    Authorities said the boy then rode his bicycle to the middle school and got the 13-year-old to help him find Ratley.

    A teacher pulled the male suspect off the girl, who was airlifted to a hospital.

    Defense attorney Betsy Benson, who's representing the male suspect, said the brother's suicide played a role in the incident.

    "I think that what we are going to find out is that the impact of this had a lot to do with this situation," she said.

    Students from the same middle school were also involved in an attack last year in which a teenage boy, Michael Brewer, was set on fire.

    "It seems like with this youth violence happening, it seems like we have a culture of callousness going on with kids. We really have to get to the bottom of it." Lamberti said.

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    Default Re: Florida Teen, Josie Ratley, Fights for Life after Bus Stop Beating

    Family speaks after teen's attack


    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A family is speaking out two days after a vicious beating left a young teenage girl clinging to life.

    The aunt of 15-year-old Josie Lou Ratley, along with the family's attorney and a doctor held a news conference at Broward General Medical Center Friday afternoon.

    Linda Sarmiento, the victim's aunt, drove down from Tampa to speak on behalf of the family, as direct family members were too devastated to speak to the media about what they have so far suffered. Sarmiento recalled something the victim's mother told her: "She said, 'My baby should be home right now, instead she is in a hospital bed.' She is a sweet, amazing girl with a talent for art."

    Rick Freedman, the attorney for Ratley's family, noted that the victim had never met her attacker, 15-year-old Wayne Treacy, a high school student. "They had never met, ever in person. Never. Mr. Treacy had to be pointed out to her," said Freedman.

    That person who allegedly pointed her out was 13-year-old Kayla Manson, who went to Deerfield Beach Middle School with Ratley and Broward Sheriff's deputies arrested the day after. On Thursday, police revealed text messages sent by Ratley allegedly enraged Treacy before he punched and stomped on Ratley with steel-toed boots until she fell unconscious, just outside her school.

    Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti explained that Treacy was trying to reach the Manson via Ratley's phone, and Ratley got in the middle. She texted Treacy back that Manson was too young for him to see and, police said, the back and forth escalated into a taunt about his brother's suicide. "[He] texted her phone, actually intended for someone else," Lamberti explained. "She responded back. She said some things he didn't apparently like."

    Police explained they felt compelled to file the charges against Manson after they learned Treacy had told her that he intended to "snap her neck and stomp her face" before she pointed her out to him.

    Jonathon Marne, the attorney for Manson, said his client's involvement in this case is nowhere near as bad as police have made it out. "The young girls are best friends," said Marne. "This is a very unfortunate situation. I think the facts will come to light of what the actual involvement was or was not, and the family wishes Josie a speedy recovery."

    When asked about the 13-year-old girl who police also detained in connection to the attack, Sarmiento tried to make sense of the girl's alleged actions. "I just don't know what to say about children nowadays," she said. "They're younger and younger, and they're getting more violent. Where are the parents of these children?"

    Freedman emphasized the lesson families should take from this: to communicate with one another and consider what may have lead Manson to point Ratley out to Treacy when she knew he wanted to attack her. "Why didn't she react differently to that? Why didn't she say to him, 'Oh, she's not here, get off the campus.' We like to blame everyone else in society. The lesson is it starts at home."

    The public defender assigned to Treacy's case, Betsy Benson acknowledged the back and forth texts and suggested that the text messages Ratley sent set Treacy off. "Last October, a day before Mr. Treacy's birthday, his 15th birthday, he found his only brother hanging from a tree," said Benson. "That's what we're exploring. We think that that event is what triggered what happened yesterday, and we're getting into that."

    As for the attacker, Sarmiento said, she only had sympathy for him. "I'm saddened," she said. "I feel for his parents. I feel for this child. I really feel bad. I know his parents must be devastated as well."

    As for Ratley's current state, Sarmiento said, none of the family has been able to speak with her since the attack. "She can't respond to us. She's in a coma," she explained.

    The aunt said it remains unclear how, if at all, Ratley will turn out after this beating. "It's still a 50-50, we don't know," she said.

    Emergency Room pediatrician Dr. Mayra Dominguez said they have placed Ratley in a medically-induced coma and removed part of her skull to reduce the swelling in her brain. "This is to protect her brain from blood pressure changes and keep her vital signs as normal as possible," Dominguez said.

    Dominguez said it is too early to say what kind of prognosis Ratley has. "She has massive head injuries, facial trauma, blood in one of the areas of the brain ... We don't know."

    Treacy and Manson currently sit in juvenile detention in Fort Lauderdale. Treacy faces premeditated attempted murder while Manson faces one count of principle in the first degree attempted murder, which, police said, is a felony that carries the same weight as Treacy's charge. Both will remain in juvenile detention for next 21 days as prosecutors decide where to go from here.

    Ratley's family has no private health insurance. Already people have stepped forward asking how they can help in the family's unexpected medical expenses. Those who want to help through a direct contribution can send checks to a trust fund set up at Wachovia Bank:

    For the benefit of Josie Lou Ratley
    c/o Law Office of Gordon & Doner
    Wachovia Bank
    2989 PGA Blvd.
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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    Post Deerfield beating victim Josie Lou Ratley undergoes third surgery

    Deerfield beating victim Josie Lou Ratley undergoes third surgery

    Mother, lawyer appear on ‘Today’ show with video from hospital room.



    By Rafael A. Olmeda
    South Florida Sun Sentinel
    Monday, April 19, 2010

    Deerfield Beach Middle School beating victim Josie Lou Ratley underwent her third major surgery Monday afternoon, with doctors reattaching a portion of her skull they had to remove when she was first brought to the hospital, her lawyer said.

    Ratley, 15, suffered brain damage on March 17 when she was assaulted after school at a campus bus stop by Wayne Treacy, who was angry at her because of an earlier text message exchange. Treacy, 15, of Pompano Beach, was wearing steel-toed boots as he repeatedly stomped on Ratley's head in an attempt to kill her, according to prosecutors. Ratley was in a medically induced coma and unconscious at Broward General Medical Center for weeks after the attack. Doctors had to remove part of her skull to relieve the swelling in her brain. It was that section that was reattached Monday, said Ratley family attorney Rick Freedman. She was out of surgery late Monday afternoon and will need to remain heavily sedated for the next 24 to 48 hours, Freedman said.

    Earlier in the day, Ratley, 15, shook her head "no" for the first time, another small but positive early sign of recovery, said Freedman. Monday's reconstructive surgery is largely cosmetic but still major, he said. Other signs, however, point to a difficult road ahead. She is still unable to work the muscles in her right hand to hold a pen or crayon. She's tasted juice and applesauce, but can't swallow significant amounts. And although she regained consciousness, she still cannot speak.

    Freedman and Hilda Gotay, Ratley's mother, went on the "Today" show Monday morning and said Ratley still doesn't appear to know what happened to her. In video taken with the TV show's camera, Ratley is shown in a wheelchair at Broward General Medical Center. She seems disoriented at some points, distraught and in pain at others. "She's confused," Gotay said. "She does not know why she's here." She said Ratley suffers from headaches and often cries. The video shows her sitting up and being pushed in a wheelchair by her mother through hospital hallways. She sometimes wears a Miami Dolphins cap. There is no motion evident on her right side, an effect of the brain damage doctors say she suffered in the beating.

    Treacy was in magistrate court over the weekend and will be charged as an adult with first-degree attempted murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. During the March 17 text message exchange, Ratley angered Treacy by making a reference to his brother, who had committed suicide last October. It was Treacy who found his brother, 29, hanging from a tree. Treacy's attorney, Russell Williams, has not denied Treacy's role in the campus assault and has indicated that the defense will focus on mental health issues in the case.

    Ratley's case has inspired an outpouring of support from the South Florida community, with several fundraisers netting thousands of dollars toward her long-term rehabilitation. Freedman said donations are restricted and can only be used to cover medical and rehabilitative expenses that are not covered by Medicaid.

    At least two fundraisers are planned for the weekend. A group called CandyGram Girls of Deerfield Beach Middle School is holding a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside the 7-Eleven store at 4550 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Coconut Creek.

    On Sunday, a community "Walk for Josie" will be held in Deerfield Beach, with three starting points. Two groups will start at 2:20 p.m.: the first from Pioneer Park, just north of the intersection of Dixie Highway and Hillsboro Boulevard and the second from St. Ambrose Church, 380 S. Federal Highway.

    The two groups will rendezvous with a third group, leaving from Deerfield Beach Elementary School at 2:30 p.m. Walkers will finish at 3 p.m. at Deerfield Beach Middle School, 701 SW Sixth Ave. For more information, call John Esposito at 954-415-4678 or Janyce Becker at 954-427-1050.

    Donations to the Josie Lou Ratley Fund can also be made at any Wachovia bank. The fund is maintained at the Wachovia Bank at 2989 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Donors can also visit fortheinjured.com/josie_lou_ratley_info.asp to make an online contribution.


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    Post Re: Florida Teen, Josie Ratley, Fights for Life after Bus Stop Beating

    Beating victim has part of skull reattached



    Sun-Sentinel
    April 20, 2010
    Last Update: 11:21 am

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. - Deerfield Beach Middle School beating victim Josie Lou Ratley underwent her third major surgery Monday afternoon, with doctors reattaching a portion of her skull they had to remove when she was first brought to the hospital, her lawyer said.

    Ratley, 15, suffered brain damage on March 17 when she was assaulted after school at a campus bus stop by Wayne Treacy, who was angry at her because of an earlier text message exchange. Treacy, 15, of Pompano Beach, was wearing steel-toed boots as he repeatedly stomped on Ratley's head in an attempt to kill her, according to prosecutors.

    Ratley was in a medically induced coma and unconscious at Broward General Medical Center for weeks after the attack. Doctors had to remove part of her skull to relieve the swelling in her brain. It was that section that was reattached Monday, said Ratley family attorney Rick Freedman.

    She was out of surgery late Monday afternoon and will need to remain heavily sedated for the next 24 to 48 hours, Freedman said. Earlier in the day, Ratley, 15, shook her head "no" for the first time, another small but positive early sign of recovery, said Freedman. Monday's reconstructive surgery is largely cosmetic but still major, he said. Other signs, however, point to a difficult road ahead. She is still unable to work the muscles in her right hand to hold a pen or crayon. She's tasted juice and applesauce, but can't swallow significant amounts. And although she regained consciousness, she still cannot speak.

    Freedman and Hilda Gotay, Ratley's mother, went on the "Today" show Monday morning and said Ratley still doesn't appear to know what happened to her. In video taken with the TV show's camera, Ratley is shown in a wheelchair at Broward General Medical Center. She seems disoriented at some points, distraught and in pain at others. "She's confused," Gotay said. "She does not know why she's here."

    She said Ratley suffers from headaches and often cries. The video shows her sitting up and being pushed in a wheelchair by her mother through hospital hallways. She sometimes wears a Miami Dolphins cap. There is no motion evident on her right side, an effect of the brain damage doctors say she suffered in the beating.

    Treacy was in magistrate court over the weekend and will be charged as an adult with first-degree attempted murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    During the March 17 text message exchange, Ratley angered Treacy by making a reference to his brother, who had committed suicide last October. It was Treacy who found his brother, 29, hanging from a tree. Treacy's attorney, Russell Williams, has not denied Treacy's role in the campus assault and has indicated that the defense will focus on mental health issues in the case.

    Ratley's case has inspired an outpouring of support from the South Florida community, with several fundraisers netting thousands of dollars toward her long-term rehabilitation. Freedman said donations are restricted and can only be used to cover medical and rehabilitative expenses that are not covered by Medicaid.

    At least two fundraisers are planned for the weekend. A group called CandyGram Girls of Deerfield Beach Middle School is holding a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside the 7-Eleven store at 4550 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Coconut Creek.

    On Sunday, a community "Walk for Josie" will be held in Deerfield Beach, with three starting points. Two groups will start at 2:20 p.m.: the first from Pioneer Park, just north of the intersection of Dixie Highway and Hillsboro Boulevard and the second from St. Ambrose Church, 380 S. Federal Highway.

    The two groups will rendezvous with a third group, leaving from Deerfield Beach Elementary School at 2:30 p.m. Walkers will finish at 3 p.m. at Deerfield Beach Middle School, 701 SW Sixth Ave. For more information, call John Esposito at 954-415-4678 or Janyce Becker at 954-427-1050.

    Donations to the Josie Lou Ratley Fund can also be made at any Wachovia bank. The fund is maintained at the Wachovia Bank at 2989 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Donors can also visit fortheinjured.com/josie_lou_ratley_info.asp to make an online contribution.

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    Default Re: Florida Teen, Josie Ratley, Fights for Life after Bus Stop Beating

    so sad what is wrong with kids today

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    Post Wayne Treacy Pleads NOT Guilty In School Beating Of Josie Ratley

    Wayne Treacy Pleads NOT Guilty In School Beating Of Josie Ratley

    Written plea entered in Deerfield Beach incident



    By Rafael A. Olmeda
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    April 22, 2010

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. - The lawyer representing Deerfield Beach beating suspect Wayne Treacy said Thursday he has entered a written plea of not guilty on behalf of his 15-year-old client.

    Treacy, of Pompano Beach, is accused of trying to kill Josie Lou Ratley, 15, at a Deerfield Beach Middle School campus bus stop on March 17. He is charged as an adult with first-degree attempted murder and, if convicted, faces up to life in prison. Attorney Russell Williams has not denied Treacy's role in the assault and has signaled a defense strategy that will focus on Treacy's mental health. Treacy's older brother committed suicide last October, and it was Treacy who found him.

    A text message from Ratley's phone referring to the brother's death is what allegedly set Treacy off, enraging him to the point that he bicycled three miles to track down Ratley. Then he beat her to the ground, stomping on her head repeatedly with steel-toed boots. Ratley suffered brain damage in the assault and is still unable to speak. She is hospitalized at Broward General Medical Center, where she underwent a third brain surgery earlier this week.

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    Default Re: Florida Teen, Josie Ratley, Fights for Life after Bus Stop Beating

    He might not have intended to kill her but he sure unleashed his rage onto her and wanted to make a point with her. It was going to be his way!
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    Post Beating Victim Josie Ratley Leaves Hospital

    Beating Victim Josie Ratley Leaves Hospital



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    April 27, 2010

    Teenage beating victim Josie Lou Ratley has left the hospital and was taken to a rehabilitation facility, her attorney said Tuesday night. Ratley family attorney Rick Freedman said the 15-year-old was discharged from Broward General Medical Center, where she has been since a brutal attack on March 17 on the Deerfield Beach Middle School campus.

    Ratley now will undergo extensive rehabilitation, Freedman said, including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. Freedman would not say where the rehabilitation center is located. "This is just the second step in her long process toward recovery," Freedman said in a news release. "We do not know the outcome of her injuries and we will not know that for several years."

    Doctors removed the final medical connection a feeding tube from Ratley on Tuesday, Freedman said, a hurdle that had to be crossed before she could be released. "She's healthy enough to be released, according to the doctors," Freedman said. The doctors had to be confident that she could eat without medical assistance. She still cannot talk, walk or use her right arm and fingers, Freedman said.

    Ratley, 15, suffered brain damage when she was assaulted after school at a campus bus stop by Wayne Treacy, who was angry at her because of an earlier text message exchange. Treacy, 15, of Pompano Beach, was wearing steel-toed boots as he repeatedly stomped on Ratley's head in an attempt to kill her, according to prosecutors.

    Ratley was in a medically induced coma and unconscious at Broward General Medical Center for weeks after the attack. Doctors removed part of her skull to relieve the swelling in her brain, and that section was reattached on April 19.

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