Hillsborough County detectives say, not only did a teenager's stepfather encourage his stepson to fight another kid, but he drove him to the bus stop and watched the beat-down happen.
The attack happened Thursday morning on Causeway Boulevard near 76th Street.
We spoke with the mother of the victim and got a look at her 13-year-old son's injuries first hand. He's angry and hurt and she is still in disbelief that the other boy's father is accused of encouraging his stepson to beat her son senseless with a tube sock loaded with padlocks.
"He might be a hundred pounds, you understand?," said a defiant Cecily Randolph. "And right now, it still has me so upset and angry."
Randolph is upset that her 13-year-old son Raheem Davis has two staples in his head and bandages across his head from where his face struck the ground.
"They're gonna fight, they're gonna go through things, but as a parent, to any parent, don't stand there and condone the foolishness with these teenage kids. You don't do that," she said adamantly.
Sheriff's deputies said not only did stepfather 30-year-old Jamal Shields encourage his 14-year-old stepson to go after the boy with a weapon, he may have even helped his son make the so-called "sock-n-lock."
"It's a tube sock, an everyday tube sock, and you put three padlocks like you put on your locker," said Sergeant Steve Lewis. "Put it inside this tube sock and swing it around like a weapon."
"I was talking to a girl and they came up and hit me," said Davis.
"He started swinging wildly, hitting the 13-year-old in the head," said Sgt. Lewis.
Davis claims Shields tried to hit him in the face first with the sock n' lock, but he blocked it with his hand, then gave the weapon to his son, who landed a strong blow to the back of Raheem's head, according to an eyewitness we talked to.
"That's when the kid, he did like this," said the eyewitness who asked us not to identify him. He pointed to the back of his own head. "And he screamed and you could tell he got hurt really bad, he was doing like this."
"And what did you see on your hand after that?," we asked Raheem. "Blood," he replied.
Davis ran across the street and into the Texaco gas station at the corner of that busy intersection.
Sheriff's deputies got multiple 911 calls, but nobody stopped to help the boy.
"I think nobody tried to break-up the fight because of the kid's father, they thought that he was going to jump on them or something," said the eyewitness.
Sgt. Lewis said there was a fight two weeks ago at the AMI Kids School, where both boys are students. Apparantly, Davis got the better of the 14 year old.
"And this was all about the father, who's been in and out of our system here in Hillsborough County 27 times, three different stints in Florida State Prison, was teaching him how to retaliate against this kid for something that happened two weeks ago," said Sgt. Lewis.
Both father and son are in separate lock-ups. Shields is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
His son is also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Both are expected to go before a judge by the weekend.
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