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Warrant reveals more details about North Meck case

By Cameron Steele and April Bethea
csteele@charlotteobserver.om

A North Mecklenburg High student pleaded with her classmate as he choked her in a wooded area behind the school, according to a warrant that reveals more details about what transpired between the 14-year-old girl and the 15-year-old boy who police say tried to kill her.

Huntersville police are still trying to determine a motive in the attack, which happened after classes had ended Tuesday. The victim told authorities that she and the suspect had been friends for about a year, and she had turned down his advances after he asked her out on a date last month.

The boy lured the girl to the woods after band practice, knocked her to the ground and choked her while wearing gloves, police said.

According to the search warrant, the boy said: “I’m sorry, I’m going to miss you, please just die already.”

The 14-year-old tried to pretend she was dead, but also at one point begged her attacker to stop.

“Think about what you’re doing, wait, stop!” she said in between bouts of consciousness according to the warrant.

Police said the suspect eventually stopped choking the girl, and she promised him she wouldn’t tell anyone about what had happened if he let her go.

According to the warrant, she told her attacker that if people asked about her injuries, she’d say she fell into a bush. The suspect let her go, and the girl washed her bloody nose in a creek before she returned to school.

Huntersville police learned about the attack Wednesday morning when the victim passed out at North Meck.

As first responders evaluated her injuries, police said the victim told them that “someone had tried to kill her.” When the suspect walked by the area, the victim indicated that he was the attacker, Huntersville Police Deputy Chief Michael Kee said.

A school resource officer asked the suspect about the girl’s accusations. At first, the suspect said the girl had simply fallen into a bush in the woods, the warrant said.

But when pressed by the school resource officer, the boy admitted that he had pushed the girl to the ground and choked her.

Kee described the victim’s injuries as serious. The warrant elaborated, noting that the victim was treated at Presbyterian Hospital for abrasions on her forehead, and scratches on her right side, stomach and left arm.

“She had petechial hemorrhages all over her face. They were on her forehead, cheeks, neck and her eyes were significantly hemorrhaged, with the entire lower and outer portions of the sclera … being very red,” the warrant states.

The document also describes red marks and bruising on the victim’s neck.

The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released because of his age, is being held at a juvenile facility. School officials have pledged to offer assistance to help the girl when she returns for classes.

Steele: 704-358-5067 on Twitter: @steelecs
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