Mother of Beaten Teenager Speaks Out
JACKSON, Tenn.- The mother of the 14-year-old boy police said was beaten, then forced to clean up his own blood speaks out about how the victim's family is afraid of the once trusted family friend arrested and charged with the crime.
Christopher Brown, 30 surrendered to police, Tuesday morning. He was wanted on charges of aggravated assault, child abuse and tampering with evidence. Investigators said around 10:30 p.m., Monday, Brown broke up a play fight between the 14-year old and the suspect's six-year-old son. Brown is accused of pushing, punching, and choking the teen, then making him clean up the mess. The teen victim told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he never imagined Brown, a close family friend would hurt him.
"I have a knot right here and then I have one right on the back of my head and neck," said victim Dayton Epperson. "I feel like it was a nightmare that I wish I could wake up from, I wish it never happened."
The teen said he was chocked, punched and pushed into a bath tub where he blacked out.
" Every time I hear him tell the story of what happened, I just feel like I should have been there to protect him, I put him in the best hands that I knew," said victim's mother, Lawanda Jones.
Jones said her son was afraid to come home because the suspect threatened his family if he told the truth about what had happened.
"When he hit me right here I scooted back and slipped into the tub and I didn't want my face hit so balled up then I blacked out and when I came to I was still getting hit in the back of my head," said Epperson. "That's why I wanted to lie and why I cleaned up the blood because I didn't want anybody to get killed."
Jones said her son had an epileptic seizure during the beating and that he was at the suspects house visiting. She said the suspect has been a close family friend for years.
"I knew, it don't even have to be the look in his eyes he had a seizure while he was getting beaten, he has epilepsy," said Jones. " He had an Alabama shirt that his friend gave him, covered in blood and we don't even know where the shirt ended up because he got sent here in a black tank top."
Teen said he is heartbroken, but will be okay. Family members told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they are seeking counseling. Brown made his first court appearance Wednesday. According to officials he is still being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.