A Maryland boy with autism, who is the alleged victim of humiliating and abusive acts by two teenage girls, doesn't want them to go to jail.
The 16-year-old boy identified as "Michael," his middle name, told the Washington Post that he still considers the the girls his friends.
“It really makes me upset that my parents want to see them in jail, because I really like them," Michael told the newspaper. "[It was] a game gone wrong. It was a sick game, kind of creepy. But they didn’t have a serious intention about killing me.”
Lauren Bush, 17, and a 15-year-old who Michael says is his girlfriend, are accused of committing multiple acts of abuse on the boy and filming the incidents on a cell phone.
The girls threatened Michael with a knife, kicked him in the groin, dragged him by his hair, and coerced him into walking onto thin ice on a frozen pond, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. When he fell through the ice, the girls refused to help him, and made him walk home instead of giving him a ride.
In another video, the girls tried to make Michael have sex with his family's dog, the Washington Post reports.
Both girls have been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, soliciting a subject in the production of child pornography and false imprisonment.
Michael's father told the Washington Post that his son's defense of his tormentors is "embarrassing."
“He may be more disabled than I convinced myself that he was and maybe more lost than I realized. That’s something I am going to have to deal with on a later day," he told the newspaper. "Right now, I am trying to get justice for him and others like him.”