Police have arrested a man for beating an autistic teen at a house party in Okeechobee, Florida. In an attack that was recorded and posted online, 18-year-old Andrew Wheeler brutally beat a 16-year-old autistic boy.
According to the victim, he was invited to the party, where he drank and was told to go outside and fight someone. When he refused, partygoers called Wheeler to the scene. Upon his arrival, Wheeler began to beat the teen. According to an invident report, Wheeler followed the boy outside and choked him until he lost consciousness. 16-year-old Aaron Hill was found after midnight lying in the road.
Wheeler claims that he received a call that a “drunk guy” at the party would not leave. He says he drove to the home, where someone told him the teen was punching and pushing someone. He says he attempted to take Hill outside, but the teen attempted to hit him. At that point, he lost his temper and began the barrage of punches and knees.
Wheeler has been charged with child abuse without great bodily harm. Police also arrested Evadean Dailey Lydecker, and charged her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to a Facebook post, Hill was lured from his home by a girl who claimed she wanted to go on a date. Once at the party, Wheeler and at least eight other people attacked him. The post says Wheeler “beat him senseless, held a knife to his throat, and told him he was going to shoot and kill him.
The entire attack was originally filmed and posted on Wheeler’s facebook, but the complete video has been removed. “Some of the others involved have family in the Okeechobee police department and also DCF. One of the parents even destroyed evidence to protect their guilty little brat. So now the Okeechobee Police Department are trying to bury this story because some of the kids have ties to the department,” the post claims.
Okeechobee City Police Chief Denny Davis denies any attempt at a coverup. “I think the video is disgusting. It is just as upsetting to myself and my officers as it is to anyone else that viewed it. Absolutely no way would we ever attempt to cover up anything like that. So it’s very disturbing,” the chief said.
Supporters of Aaron Hill are using the hashtag #JusticeForAaron to raise awareness.