Beaten Man In Vegetative State; Teen Charged As Adult

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(Covington, TN) Almost two months after a Memphis man is beaten into a coma with a baseball bat the 15-year-old who police say did it is facing adult charges.

The victim’s family believes his mother should be in jail, too.

Alassame Sy and his wife came to Memphis from Mauritania in West Africa 12 years ago.

She says they dreamed of providing a better life for their children now she doesn't know what will happen.

Their lives are so uncertain.

Kadia Sy and her children must make the one hour trip from their Whitehaven neighborhood to Covington, TN to visit her husband.

 Doctors moved him from The MED to the Covington Manor Rehab Center.

“He cannot respond back,” said Amir Sy.

Doctors tell the family 67-year-old Alassame Sy is basically in a vegetative state and has been since he was attacked April 6th outside this Whitehaven convenient store.

They arrested 15-year-old Mariquez Moore and yesterday a juvenile court judge decided he should be charged as an adult with attempted first degree murder.

Moore is accused of beating Sy with a metal baseball bat after his mother, Tonya Jones and Sy argued over a parking issue.

Sy's wife says she tried to calm the boy and his mother down, “I’m telling her, ma'am. Baby, this is no problem. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. This is my husband. These are my kids. I'm sorry. This is no problem. I'm sorry ma'am. She tell me no!  Don't touch me. Leave me alone."

The anger escalated into a beating and yesterday after court the family says the mother's anger surfaced again.

They say Jones threatened to kill them all.

“His mother was angry yesterday trying to say I'm going to kill all of ya'll. She was harassing us in front of everybody. We didn’t do anything to her,” said Sy’s wife.

They believe Jones should be arrested and locked away like her son for all the problems she's caused.

“This is hard for me. Hard for me. I have all the family. I have all the kids. Now, he’s in the hospital,” she said.

The mother, Tonya Jones was originally charged as an accessory after the fact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She bonded out, no word yet if she'll face charges for the threats the family says she made publicly against them.


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