Excelsior Springs teen accused of body slamming 14-year-old boy, knocking him unconscious

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. -- A 17-year-old from Excelsior Springs is now facing a charge in Clay County circuit court after police say he body slammed a 14-year-old boy.

According to court documents, the suspect and several of his friends rode around in a car, boasting that they wanted to beat up people.

Police say the innocent 14-year-old got picked up, thrown to the ground and left unconscious near the intersection of Crown Hill Road and Southside Court in Excelsior Springs.

The suspect, Joseph Franklin, is a student at Excelsior Springs High School. Prosecutors have charged Franklin with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Victim Ethan Day described the alleged attack.

"He picked me up and I ended up upside down," Day said. "When I got slammed I blacked out for two or three seconds. When I got up I was frightened, and I saw this car driving away and I was scared."

Police say in May that Franklin and three of his high school friends rode around Excelsior Springs in a car and said “let`s go beat the (expletive) out of people.”

According to a probable cause statement, the four young people came upon some middle school students walking along Crown Hill Road.

“A couple of them at least knew the individual so they walked up to him and kind of play fighting or playing around,” said Sergeant Larry Tarrant.

But police say even though he didn`t know the 14-year-old boy, out of the blue Franklin picked the teen up in the air and then slammed the boy to the ground.

Investigators say the 100 pound victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion.

Rose Stull lives down the street from where cops say the attack happened.

“It`s just horrible that something like that would happen. Kids nowadays have a lot of problems with discipline and they`re just, people let them run wild,” she said.

FOX 4 stopped by the suspect’s home on Wednesday for a comment regarding the allegations against him, a man answered the door, quickly said he didn`t know what we were talking about and shut the door.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, Franklin could spend up to a year in jail, face a $1,000 fine or both.

“He should be charged as an adult and with a felony. I mean clearly to me that`s assault,” said Stull.

As for Day, police say he was treated and released from the hospital after the alleged assault. Franklin is due in court on July 19 for a hearing.

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