Three teenage boys have been charged in the assault of a 16-year-old boy in Des Moines, which spread quickly online after witnesses bragged about the beating on Facebook.
Police said Saturday that two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old were charged with willful injury.
Family members of 16-year-old Nathan Rogers say the attack was so severe that the East High School student was hospitalized. Police say Nathan lost consciousness during the assault last Tuesday morning at a friend's house. He suffered facial bone fractures and a concussion and was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
The boy's mother, Stacie Weldon, says witnesses to the assault sent pictures of Nathan to their Facebook friends. "They knocked him out and beat him and beat him and when he came to again, as soon as he came to, they beat him unconscious again."
A police spokesman says the 16-year-old assault suspect's case will be moved to adult court. A hearing is required before the 15-year-olds can be tried as adults.