TAMPA - If it's about protecting her children, Cicely Randolph is willing to do just about anything, even if it gets her into trouble.
"It's jail or hell when it comes to my kids," she said.
So when she heard that her son was attacked by a fellow classmate, she became enraged. And when sheriff's deputies told her that the suspect's step-dad was part of the assault, she demanded justice.
"It still has me so upset and angry because the parent was there," Randolph said. "You don't stand there and condone nothing like this."
The 13-year old was assaulted Thursday morning at a bus stop at the intersection of Causeway Blvd. and 78th street, allegedly by a 14-year old classmate at AMI Kids school in Tampa.
Investigators said the child was clubbed in the head with a 'sock-n-lock,' a padlock stuffed inside a sock. He suffered stitches to the back of his head, and scratches to his face where he hit the pavement.
"I was talking to a girl. And they came behind me and hit me," the victim said. "I got back up we started fighting," he said.
Bleeding and dazed, the victim stumbled to the nearby Texaco station, where an employee gave him a cell phone so he could call his mother for help.
"I saw that the kid was bleeding so bad," an eyewitness said. "Bleeding all over his arm, his back, his neck. There was blood all over his face."
Sheriff's deputies were able to find and arrest both the 14-year-old and his step-father, 30-year old Jamal Shields. Investigators said Shields stood and watched while his step-son beat the boy with the padlock.
Shields has a long history of arrests and served a year in prison for grand theft auto and drug convictions.
Both are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Shields has an additional charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The victim's mom hopes both get significant time behind bars. Especially the parent.
"As a parent, to any parent, don't stand there and condone that foolishness with these teenage kids," Randolph said. "You don't do that. At All. Don't do that."
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