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Michiana father angry after his son was attacked in local park

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A local father is angry.  He said his 13-year-old son was attacked in Beutter Park last week.  Now he wants action to prevent this from happening to someone else.

Todd Doty said, "my son went to the park with some neighborhood kids," he thought that would be a safe activity for his 13-year-old son.  But when he came home Doty said, "there was blood running down his leg, he was crying, he was emotionally distraught."

Doty said this is why, a vehicle pulled up at the park, a family got out, then ran through the park chasing his son and his friends.  "Well they got my son, when they got my son the mom and three children proceeded to kick and punch my son to the ground," said Doty.
    

He said his son had scrapes, red marks on his ribs, and a large open wound on his knee that is now scabbed over.  "It was so emotionally disturbing for my entire family.  We didn't know what to do," said Doty.

Police were called.  Mishawaka Police Lt. Tim Williams said the incident is under investigation.  It's been handed over to the juvenile justice center so he can't talk specifics.  "Any kind of actions like that are not wanted and honestly won't be tolerated," said Williams.

He's pointed out this is an isolated incident.  "That type of violence does not happen all the time down here at our parks.  We have safe parks here in Mishawaka," said Williams.  He said police and citizens patrol the parks.  "Citizens alliance with police, where we have some citizens here that ride golf cars that are furnished by the actual police department."

And now that the weather is getting warmer you'll see even more officers in the parks.  "Officers on bicycles, mountain bikes, we'll have officers on foot and we'll have officers drive through the parks on motorcycles," said Williams.  But he adds you can help make the parks safer too.  "If you see something occurring in our parks if you  have your cell phone call 911," said Williams.

That's something Doty is thankful for.  Someone did help his son.  "There was a good samaritan in the park.  I would really like to thank the man that pulled this family off my son."

At this point we're unaware of any arrests.  But The Doty family says there were witnesses so they're hoping someone will be held responsible.  

And Doty said now he wants to do anything he can to prevent this from happening to someone else.  He is interested in getting new anti bullying laws on the books in Mishawaka and has already contacted the Mayor's office.

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