Child undergoes brain surgery after knockout game
WHITE CASTLE- A child in White Castle is recovering after undergoing brain surgery following a blow to the head. His family says he was hit as another juvenile played the "knockout game."
"I was walking to the concession stand," Kyle Wilson said. "I got hit in the head and blacked out."
Wilson was immediately rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery. His family says doctors installed a stint in his brain to drain fluid from his head.
"Once he came out of intensive care, he didn't talk for four days," His father, Lionel Wilson said.
Tonight, the White Castle Police Chief is answering tough questions after the family and Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi say the Police Department didn't follow proper procedures by turning the report in timely.
"I don't know where they came up on that," Police Chief Mario Brown said. "If they felt that way they could have called me at anytime."
Sheriff Stassi says law enforcement has 72 hours to turn in a criminal report after an incident. When all sides appeared in court a month after the incident, no one at the courthouse knew why they showed up. That's because White Castle Police never even turned in the report, and the District Attorney's Office had to contact the police department to get the report.
"On a serious crime like this, the information should have been brought forward immediately," Sheriff Brett Stassi said.
Instead, it wasn't delivered for two days after the court date.
"The sheriff's office caught off guard, the DA's office caught off guard, not even knowing this man was coming in for court," Stassi said.
Brown said there was a reason why his office didn't turn in the report.
"It takes a little while longer to get the information in, and information for those reports," Brown said.
That answer isn't good enough for the child's family, who demands more from their police chief.
"Do your job you was elected to do," Lionel Wilson said.
The juvenile accused of hitting Wilson faces second degree battery charges. The court hearing that no one knew about had to be rescheduled for next week.
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