Victor Silcock, the 25-year-old man who was beaten into a coma allegedly by a group of teens in Huntington Beach, is now awake, his mother told NBC4 Wednesday.
Ann Belles Mac Ewen said her mentally disabled son is sitting up in his hospital bed and starting to talk, but the injuries to his brain may take weeks to heal.
“He was independent,” she said. “He lived in his own apartment despite his disabilities, however, from what the experts are telling me, it’s unlikely he’ll regain and return to the person he was.”
Silcock was at Murdy Park with his girlfriend, who is also mentally disabled, on May 10 when police said he may have tried to stop a fight between two teens. Silcock ended up at a nearby laundromat where police say he was hit with a skateboard and beaten unconscious.
“He remembers walking to the park. He remembers seeing kids fight, and he remembers running, but after that he doesn’t have any recollection,” Mac Ewen said.
Four teens between the ages of 14 and 16 were in juvenile court Wednesday, their charges downgraded from attempted murder to assault with a deadly weapon.
Another teen, 19 year-old David Castellanos, claims Silcock had a screwdriver and stabbed in the arm.
Victor Silcock is one of 59 people, many with special needs, adopted into the Silcock family.
Their adoptive mother said her goal has always been to teach her sons independence. Now she is worrying about the parents of the boys in juvenile hall.
“I would to actually like to give them a hug because I know they’re suffering, too,” Mac Ewen said. “This is a tragedy for all the families involved and in some way I’d like to turn it around and maybe we can work together to have our parks be safer.”
Police are still looking for witnesses, and hoping more videos might be brought to them to answer the still unanswered questions of what really happened to Victor Silcock.