A father-of-two has been left with half a skull and paralysed after a brutal beating in New York City. Worse, reports state his attacker only served 72 days in jail.
Steven Augustine,32 years old, has been fighting for his life in critical condition since May 28 after he was attacked and beaten with a baseball bat as he walked home from work in the early hours.
The bat shattered the left side of his skull, that means it has to be removed, so Steven had been left paralysed – and is now fundraising for surgery so doctors can place a metal protector around his brain.
Steven now suffers from “sunken brain syndrome”. Shockingly, however, his attacker, Charles Miles, was handed only a misdemeanour charge after pleading guilty to assault. He served just 72 days of his 365-day jail sentence.
Medics have stated their belief that Steven’s injuries are consistent with blunt force trauma, but Defence lawyers claimed Mr Steven was punched just once and sustained his injuries when he fell backwards. Ulster County District Attorney, Holley Carnright, said that since it could not be proven that Miles intended to cause serious physical harm to Mr Augustine, his office could not bring felony assault charges against him.
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright told ABC 7 News: “The injuries to his face were consistent with a single punch, The skull fracture was consistent with a fall backwards.”
His heartbroken mum Donna, 56, who has been by his side throughout the ordeal, says his condition is continuing to deteriorate.
“The left side of head shattered along with multiple skull fracture throughout his head and face and he has had bleeding on the brain,” she said.
Donna says the family are outraged that Mr Augustine’s attacker, Charles L. Miles, received a misdemeanour charge and served just 72 days of his 365 day sentence at Ulster County Jail.
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright told ABC 7 news that since Miles did not intend to cause serious physical harm to Augustine, his office could not bring felony assault charges against him.
Ms Carnright says it was the fall backwards that caused Augustine’s serious head injury.
“The injuries to his face were consistent with a single punch, the skull fracture was consistent with a fall backwards,” Ms Carnright said.
Steven’s mum Donna, disagrees.
“Steven’s hospital records clearly state his injuries are caused by blunt force trauma possibly with a baseball bat and the man who did it is now walking free,” she said.
Donna believes the sentence given to Miles was “light” and said she wants justice for her son “who is fighting every single day for his life”.
“Our whole family has been destroyed, we will never be the same again,” she said.
We’re sending all our prayers in the direction of Steven and his family.
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