Assault Charges Against 13-Year-Old

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Suspect: 13-year-old juvenile, charged with fourth-degree assault

A 13-year-old has been charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with an incident Sunday evening on the playground of a local elementary school.

The youth was charged through the local Court Designated Workers Office and was issued a date to appear in juvenile court.

Ian Poole, 12, told police he and two friends were playing on the playground at Morgan Elementary School when another youth walked up and punched him several times in the face. Officer Nicholas Francescon reported Poole sustained visible cuts on his face, but Poole’s mother was present at the time the officer was taking the report and declined medical treatment.

Poole told Francescon he knows the other youth only by a nickname, and that he has "never had any issues with (the youth) before."

Sunday evening, Poole reportedly began complaining of a headache and nausea, and his mother took him to Lourdes Hospital for treatment. He was transferred to a Nashville hospital, where he was admitted for observation, detectives said.

Detectives spoke with Poole’s mother this morning, who said the boy could be released from the hospital as early as this afternoon.

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