Florida School Beating

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of a beaten Florida teenage girl says her daughter is opening her eyes slightly and has
squeezed her doctor's hand.

Physicians are unable to tell Josie Lou Ratley's mom Hilda Gotay Ratley about what kind of long-term damage her daughter sustained after the March 17th beating at Deerfield Beach Middle School.

The teen is in a medically induced coma.

The mom said Wednesday her daughter doesn't follow commands yet.

She says that she spends most of her time by her 15-year-old
daughter's bedside, reciting the rosary.

Authorities say the suspect punched and stomped on Ratley with
steel-toed boots.

He's being held at a juvenile detention center on a charge of premeditated attempted murder.
No other information has been released about the male suspect. We do not know if he was a student at the school.


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