2 Teens Charged With Assault In Ellicott City

April 30, 2009|By Don Markus | Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com

A Howard County high school student celebrating his 16th birthday with friends at his family's Ellicott City home was attacked last week, and two teenagers have been charged as juveniles with assault.

According to Kevin Cox, his son Michael was struck in the face in the basement of the family's Harvest View Court home after telling a fellow Centennial High School student that he and three of the boy's friends were not invited to the April 22 party.

After the three-hour party broke up a short time later, a little past 9 p.m., Michael Cox was attacked outside the house and was cut near the eye with a sharp object. Kevin Cox said that he took his son to the hospital that night and filed a complaint with Howard County police next morning.

Police said that two boys, ages 15 and 16, were charged. Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Wednesday that, according to the arresting officer, "no other charges will be filed."

Llewellyn, however, disputed Kevin Cox's version, saying that the altercation grew out of a "typical" dispute among teenage boys and that one of the attackers was an invited guest.

Cox said that his son, a sophomore, went back to school Tuesday to take exams but will find out Thursday whether he needs surgery on a fractured orbital bone. Cox said his son might lose sight in the eye.

The elder Cox, who said he and his wife were monitoring the party, said he is frustrated by a lack of response by school officials, who he said have not disciplined the Centennial student involved in the attack.

Centennial High School officials did not return calls from The Baltimore Sun.

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