In a shocking incident, a gang of thugs left 13-year-old autistic teen with nasty facial injuries in Sittingbourne on Dec. 5.
Jake Aldridge has Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that affects behavioral development in children. He had left for a park to play football with his friends when a gang of older teenagers attacked him.
Jake was punched in his face, which left him with broken teeth. In addition, blood started to pour out of his mouth and nose. Jake was found with a black eye and blood-covered face by his grandmother, who lives near the King George V playing field in Sittingbourne, Kent.
"We saw these three older guys coming towards a bench near us. We'd never seen them before and we got a bit of an off feeling so we went to leave,” said Jake, reports The Mirror. "One of them pushed my friend off his bike. I went to check on him and then he threw me on the ground, punched me hard in the face. It was painful and I was really shocked.”
Jake was immediately taken to Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham by his father. The hospital authorities told his parents that he will need a facial reconstructive surgery to look like before.
Jake's mother said that he now feels too afraid to walk and go to school. He has been affected by not only physically, but mentally as well.
Meanwhile, the local police are investigating into the case and has urged any witnesses to come forward and report the incident. Jake's assaulters were reported to be aged between 14 and 16, of mixed race with short black hair, Kent Online reported.