Mentally Challenged Man Punched At Park

41-year-old Patrick Ayers is a mentally challenged man with the personality of a five year old. That's why his parents can't understand why a teenage boy would punch their son in the nose.

"I was very upset because Patrick never bothers people, he's very trusting so its like he was punching a five year old," says Patrick's father, Frank Ayers.

16-year-old Douglas Farnsworth has been arrested and charged as an adult for abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Douglas County Sheriff''s Investigators allege Farnsworth was unprovoked when he punched Ayers in the nose at a Ralston park last week. Ayers rides his bike to the park several times a week to swing on the swings.

After being struck Ayers said the teenager ordered him to leave the park. "He said get on the F bike."

Ayers rode home to his parents house where he lives two blocks way. His father said Patrick had a bloody nose but its not broken.

William Farnsworth said his 16-year-old son should not have been charged as an adult. "I think its ridiculous because he's 16, he's never been in trouble and he's a good kid. Farnsworh said his son claims self defense. "The guy threw his bike at him and kicked him so Doug hit him back. Doug didn't know he was challenged."

Patrick gives a short , simply response. "I didn't do anything to make him mad"

Deputy Douglas County Attorney Tom McKinney told Six On Your Side he doesn't believe it was self defense. McKinney said the assault on a mentally challenged man who can't defend himself is an adult crime, that's why the 16-year-old is charged as an adult.

Douglas Farnsworth is being held at the Douglas County Youth Center on a $10,000 bond. His father said the family doesn't have the 10% or $1,000 for bail.

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