DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (CBS/AP) Why didn't anyone warn police that a boy was allegedly planning to brutally attack Josie Lou Ratley?
The suspect in the brutal beating of 15-year-old Josie Lou Ratley, ninth-grader Wayne Treacy, allegedly sent text messages telling his friends what he planned to do to the girl, but nobody warned the police.
Josie Lou Ratley even received text messages from Treacy claiming he was going to "snap" her neck at Deerfield Beach Middle School. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti said several people knew about the threats but no one warned authorities.
Treacy is accused of punching Ratley and stomping on her with his steel-toed boots. He is being held in a juvenile detention center on a charge of premeditated attempted murder.
Ratley remains in critical condition and in a medically induced coma at a Florida hospital. Her family's attorney says doctors are optimistic after two surgeries to relieve pressure on her brain.
Treacy's 13-year-old girlfriend was also arrested as an accessory to the attack.
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