A month later, beating victim still critical

Scott Simerson (Undated courtesy photo)
Scott Simerson (Undated courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than a month after he was beaten and stomped by a group of teenage boys, police say, Scott Simerson remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at a Grand Rapids area hospital.

Simerson, 24, was beaten on May 23 after confronting a group of teens that had been bothering the children he was watching over as they played at the Sibley Elementary School playground in Grand Rapids, police said.

Simerson sustained a severe brain injury.

“There doesn’t appear to be any marked improvement in our victim’s condition…” Grand Rapids Police Lt. Pat Merrill said in an email statement Monday.

Two teens, ages 15 and 16, were arrested and charged in connection with the incident. A third 15-year-old suspect remains at large, police say.

Investigators say surveillance video captured at least some of the attack and is being used as evidence in the case.

The Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team continues the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3604 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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