Mom fights release of teens accused of beating son over Facebook post


by Tanya Mendis

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 1:04 PM

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Prescott Valley mother is hoping the three teens accused of brutally beating her son over a Facebook post remain in a juvenile detention center.

On Wednesday morning, Jessica Farley took her son, 14-year-old Daniel McKendree, to one of many recent appointments with his Phoenix doctor.

Last month, Daniel was beaten so badly he needed four plates and 27 screws permanently embedded in his forehead.

"He could possibly have seizures, possibly a detached retina, and migraines indefinitely," Farley said.

Prescott Valley police arrested three teens, two 13-year-olds and one 15-year-old, in connection with the beating.

Farley said Daniel was accused by his peers of posting an anonymous Facebook status trash-talking a rival football team. Threats against Daniel shortly followed.

Several days later, Daniel was at a movie theater with friends when he was jumped from behind. Farley said about 150 people witnessed the incident, but none of them called police.

"Daniel actually pulled himself off the ground and walked 1/4 mile and called his dad," Farley said. "No one stopped to help him. He was covered in blood and you would think somebody would say something."

Farley got a call from Daniel awhile later saying he was in the hospital.

Doctors performed a more than six-hour surgery to repair Daniel's shattered skull.

The three teens accused of beating Daniel are now fighting for release from a juvenile detention center, reportedly claiming the attack was a mistake.

According to Prescott Valley police, a judge on Tuesday denied the teens' request for release at this time, ordering a psychological evaluation first.

The teens have been offered a plea deal of one year on probation, which Farley says pales in comparison to the lifetime of suffering for her son.

"Daniel is forever changed," Farley said. "He will never be the same."