A teenager has been detained indefinitely for an attack on a 10-year-old girl on Teesside.
16-year-old Connor Hodgson admitted grievous bodily harm with intent after the girl was left with life-threatening injuries.
The 10-year-old was found on April 7 by police on Maritime Way in Stockton. She was taken to North Tees hospital will a fractured skull as well as severe cuts and bruises. It was found that her neck and face had haemorrhaged as well. The girl had to be transferred to The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where she had surgery. Doctors said it's likely she was punched and kicked in the head more than ten times.
Neither the victim nor her family can be identified for legal reasons, but her mother told ITV:
Cleveland Police said it was one of the worst cases they had ever seen.
The court heard that Hodgson had taken drugs the morning before the attack. Judge Peter Fox QC, Recorder of Middlesbrough,described it as a "dreadful attack." He told the court he was passing an indefinite sentence for the protection of the public, adding to Hodgson "it remains to be seen what the future holds for you." Hodgson will have to serve at least five years before it will be decided whether he should be released.