Boy who stoned homeless man
will stay in custody indefinitely
A 10-year-old boy is comforted by his mother as he is sentenced in Volusia County juvenile court for beating a homeless man.
A 10-year-old boy apologized Thursday for beating and stoning a homeless Army veteran, and a judge ordered him kept in custody until psychiatric evaluations show he is not a threat to others.
"I'm sorry for what I did," the boy said at his juvenile court sentencing, while shackled and wearing an oversized white jumpsuit.
Two 10-year-olds and a teenager beat D'Amico as he and a friend walked through a crime-ridden neighborhood. One of the younger boys threw a concrete block at D'Amico's face. Investigators never determined which boy threw the block.
D'Amico underwent reconstructive surgery, and he testified that injuries from the attack in March still linger. "He did a lot of damage," D'Amico, 58, told the judge. "I can't hear. I can't see well. I just hope the kid gets some help. You don't want him to turn out to be a little gangster."
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will oversee the boy's psychiatric evaluations and determine when he is released.
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