They wanted to kill me, said John D'Amico. One of the two younger boys dropped a piece of concrete on his face.
Photo by the Daytona Beach News-Journal
Egged on by a 17-year-old, two 10-year-old boys joined in the attack of a homeless man in Daytona Beach, leaving him bruised and bloody.
The 17-year-old, Jeremy Woods, punched D'Amico who then fell over a concrete wall. As he lay on the ground, one of the 10-year-olds -- whose names are not being released -- used parts of the concrete to bash D'Amico in the head, a police report shows.
"If we're talking about 10-year-olds, that means we've hit an all-time low," said Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless. "The youngest person to have ever been arrested for a crime like this is 13."
Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal article here and the Orlando Sentinel article here. CNN's report says the incident highlights the upswing in violent crime across the U.S. against the homeless.
■ Is this the result of a society that criminalizes homelessness, tries to push them out of sight and generally sends the message that homeless people are worthless?
■ And why are all the perpetrators in these incidents white boys?