he father of one of two young boys seriously injured in a horrific attack in South Yorkshire has said his son is too bruised to be hugged. Skip related content
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Attack Boy ‘Too Bruised To Be Hugged’
The boys, aged nine and 11, are recovering after an incident in the former pit village of Edlington, near Doncaster.
The younger victim has been allowed home, but the older boy, his uncle, remains in hospital.
Two brothers, aged 10 and 11, appeared at Doncaster Youth Court on Tuesday accused of attempting to murder them.
The father of the older victim told the Daily Mirror his son was so traumatised by his ordeal that he cries when he sees an unfamiliar face.
“We’ve been giving him loads of hugs and love. But there are only so many hugs you can give him as the poor lad is bruised to death,” he said.
“If you tap him on the shoulder he groans in pain.
“He’s still not eating or drinking very well. But he’s healing and doing a lot better and we’re over the moon. It could have been so much worse.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed that the younger boy has given a brief account of what happened to investigating officers but the other boy, his uncle, has not yet spoken to police.
The older boy was originally taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in a critical condition but was transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary after his condition improved.
He is now said to be “stable and improving”.
The two victims suffered a series of assaults, which allegedly included being burned with cigarettes, attacked with bricks and slashed.
Police were called at 2pm on Saturday when the nine-year-old boy was found wandering, covered in blood, in Auburn Road.
The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were remanded into secure council accommodation until April 14.