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Mother of autistic boy beaten in Prattville park speaks out

Wavann Martin says more than 15 people watched as her son was attacked and no one did anything to help him. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Wavann Martin says more than 15 people watched as her son was attacked and no one did anything to help him. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Video of the fight was posted on Facebook and viewed more than 50,000 times. (Source: Facebook) Video of the fight was posted on Facebook and viewed more than 50,000 times. (Source: Facebook)
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Wavann Martin is still deeply troubled by what happened to her 18-year-old son two weeks ago at the Doster Well Park swimming hole in Prattville.

It was there when two teenagers and an adult beat the victim for "no reason", according to Martin.

"I don't know if they're trying to hurt him, hurt him," Martin said.

Martin says her son is autistic, bipolar, diabetic and suffers from a heart condition.

She spoke Friday for the first time since the assault at the park and painted a chilling picture of what allegedly happened; Her son was walking down Doster Road to the Texaco convenience store when he encountered a group of teens and the one adult.

"They just said 'you're gonna take this beating,' and he didn't want to fight," she said.

The group told Martin's son they wanted to talk to him by the creek to settle an issue they had dating back to April. It turned out to be a ruse. Once near the creek, Martin said her son was struck by three people. Together, Martin says they threw more than 10 punches.

"The first person hit him like four or five times," she said.

Martin declined to identify her son but said he suffered a bloody nose, bruises on his face and a dose of embarrassment. She also declined to specify what the initial argument was about but categorized it as "trivial" and "stupid."

"It should have been all forgotten about. As a person, I do feel sorry for them but they made a bad decision," she said.

Prattville police have arrested one juvenile, and they're looking for two more. According to Martin, the remaining two suspects are a 17-year-old girl and 21-year-old man.

A bystander captured the beating on their phone and that video has since gone viral on social media.

The phone video shows at least 15 people around, something that's equally troubling to Martin because not one person in the video lifted a finger to help her son.

Martin said her son's cousin was there and probably prevented the assault from becoming worse.

Prattville police say the park will remain closed until they determine how to better monitor the park in the future. Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie is on the record as saying everything is on the table including adding security cameras at the park.

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