A father of two has been left paralyzed with a “sunken brain” and half a skull following a violent attack in New York City. What’s worse, reports state his attacker served only two months of his sentence.
In May 2018, Steven Augustine was assaulted and beaten with a baseball bat. Now, more than a year after the attack, the 32-year-old dad is still hospitalized and fighting for his life.
Steve needs a plastic skull fitted to protect his brain since the bat attack shattered the left side of his skull and he had to be removed, according to reports. The incident also left him paralyzed. The dad was put in a coma and now suffers from ‘sunken brain syndrome.’
Shockingly, Steve’s attacker, Charles Miles, was only given a misdemeanor charge after pleading guilty to assault. He served only 72 days of his 365-day jail sentence.
Doctors believe that Steven’s injuries are consistent with blunt force trauma, but lawyers argued that Miles only punched Steven once and the injury to Steve’s skull was caused by falling backwards and hitting his head on the ground.
“The injuries to his face were consistent with a single punch, The skull fracture was consistent with a fall backwards.” Ulster County District Attorney, Holley Carnright, told ABC 7 News.
Steven’s mom, Donna, however, believes there is more to how her son sustained the life-changing injuries than from just a single punch. “The damage that has been done could not have happened after one punch. he left side of his head shattered along with multiple skull fractures throughout his head and face, and he has had bleeding on the brain.” She said.
“Charles Miles was given a light sentence and I want justice for my son who is fighting every single day for his life. Steven was a happy, fun-loving guy who loved his job as a chef – he would work 12-hour shifts and was still smiling at the end.
“He loves his children and family more than anything in the world and to see him now, severely brain damaged, is devastating. I am heartbroken – my son is in a vegetated state.” She added.
This is so heartbreaking, we hope justice is rightfully served. We’re sending all our love and prayers to Steven and his family.
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