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Boy, 7, Left With Hole In His Skull After Neighbor Hurled Rocks At Him In An Unprovoked Attack

Boy, 7, Left With Hole In His Skull After Neighbor Hurled Rocks At Him In An Unprovoked Attack

Gavin Ludwick, a resident of California, was walking home after attending a pool party at a friend's house when the senseless attack took place.

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In a devastating incident, a 7-year-old boy was left with a critically injured skull following a random attack by his neighbor who hurled rocks at him near his home. Gavin Ludwick, a resident of California, was walking home after attending a pool party at a friend's house when the senseless attack took place. He was merely four doors away from his house in Desert Hot Springs, when 32-year-old Daniel Poulsen began launching stones at the boy, leaving a hole in his skull. The CCTV footage of the unprovoked attack shows the suspect standing on his porch following the attack and looking at Ludwick lying lifeless on the ground for nearly 20 minutes. 

 



 

The boy's mother Wendy Ludwick was completely unaware of how the boy's injuries happened until the CCTV footage revealed the shocking reality. Wendy, who assumed that her son had been hit by a car, has been unable to bring herself to watch the incriminating footage of Poulsen's cruel actions. Speaking to The Sun, the heartbroken mother said, "I couldn't believe someone would do this to such a sweet little boy, he [Poulsen] doesn't even know Gavin, they have never had any interaction." She added, "He is lucky to be alive. He could have easily killed him."

Poulsen was taken into custody on suspicions of attempted murder. Doctors are yet to assess whether the suspect can be prosecuted for his barbaric crimes as Poulsen was declared unfit to stand trial 11 times in the past. On the day of the frightening incident, Ludwick chose to walk home by himself instead of taking a lift on his neighbor's golf buggy. A local resident Alturo Delgardo was the one who found the boy in a vulnerable state, lying face down on the ground, following the attack. 

 



 

Delgardo immediately picked up the kid and rushed him to his home where the door was answered by Ludwick's sister Kaylee. A devastated Wendy recalled how her son was flitting in and out of consciousness as the swelling in his skull continued to increase in size with every passing minute. When the paramedics arrived, the youngster began throwing up and Wendy was told that her child was in an "active seizure." He was rushed to Desert Regional Medical Centre before being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Centre due to his critical state. The 7-year-old was then sedated and placed in the intensive care unit. 

 



 

Following x-rays and scans, doctors determined that the boy's skull has shattered beyond repair. There was nothing the medical professionals could do to save the skull bones and Wendy was told that bone fragments needed to be removed and replaced with a metal plate. Although doctors are not sure if Ludwick's injuries will have any lasting damage, they revealed that the boy would be needing months of intense rehabilitation. Ludwick, who is only making "babbling sounds," is unable to talk, Wendy said. She also revealed that her son can now sit up by himself. "It's very upsetting, sometimes I just fall apart when they are doing procedures on him and I have to walk away," shared the mother. 

 



 

"I sat with him and told him, 'momma is not going to leave you, momma is here,'" she continued. "He wakes up I think to tell us that he's in pain and he's mad because he'll kick his feet and he'll slap the bed with his hand, his right hand because he still can't move his left hand," said Wendy of her son's condition. She hopes that her son forgets the devastating details of the attack. A GoFundMe page was created to cover the medical expense of the youngster, who recently lost his father to lunch cancer in March this year. It has raised a little of $25,000 of its $50,000 goal amount.

Click here if you wish to donate for the cause. 

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