FORT LAUDERDALE — The teenage girl brutally attacked by another teen at a South Florida middle school has been released from a rehabilitation center and is at home.
Josie Lou Ratley was released on May 25 from the center where she has been undergoing physical and occupational therapy.
Her family’s attorney Sean Domnick said in a statement that she is making slow progress and has a long way to go. She will continue with outpatient rehabilitation.
Fifteen year-old Wayne Treacy is charged as an adult with first-degree attempted murder for the March 17 attack.
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He has pleaded not guilty and has apologized through his lawyer for the beating. Ratley suffered brain damage in the assault.
A 13-year-old girl is charged as a juvenile with being an accomplice for allegedly helping Treacy find Ratley.
Pasco man charged after 911 call about mother
NEW PORT RICHEY — A 32-year-old Pasco County man who called 911 to complain about his mother is facing criminal charges.
According to a sheriff’s office arrest report, Charles Dennison told a deputy that his mother took his beer and he wanted her arrested. Dennison was reportedly “very intoxicated” when the deputy arrived at the New Port Richey home.
Dennison told the deputy that he would keep calling emergency responders if his mother wasn’t charged.
He has been charged with making false 911 calls and was jailed on $150 bond. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
Casey Anthony misses court after falling
ORLANDO — A Florida mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter missed a pretrial court hearing Tuesday after she suffered some minor injuries in a fall at an Orlando courthouse.
Casey Anthony, 24, fell before entering the courtroom when her hand and leg restraints became entangled. She fell forward, and officers escorting her were unable to stop her fall, officials said.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and has said a baby sitter kidnapped her daughter, Caylee. Her trial is set to start next May.
During the hearing, which was held without Anthony present, her attorneys asked a new judge on the case to reconsider a previous judge’s ruling that keeps the death penalty as a possible sentence if she is convicted.
Chief Judge Belvin Perry denied their request for more details supporting prosecutors’ decision to seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors have listed five aggravating reasons for why they are seeking the death penalty: the especially cruel nature of the crime, the victim’s age and Anthony’s relationship to the victim as her mother among them.
— Herald wire reports