A gang of Muslim teenagers attacked a four-year-old boy with apples and left him with a nasty black eye.
Corey Chesterton was playing with his seven-year-old sister Macey and cousins Alsie, six, and Millie, ten, when they were attacked in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on Tuesday.
Corey suffered facial injuries after four boys threw apples at him at around 6pm in Washbourne Park, Whitnash.
His mum Kirsty Chesterton, 29, said: ‘I was at my sister’s house helping her make the tea when we heard screaming coming from the park.’
The single mum-of-two added: ‘The kids came running back in tears and there was blood running down Corey’s face. They said a group of lads, aged between 12 and 14, had ambushed them.
‘Apparently they’d been throwing apples at them and really aiming at them. I think they’d been picking them off the tree and throwing them at the kids.
‘When Corey was hit in the face the group ran away. By the time I got to the park they’d gone.’
The trainee midwife decided to post images of Corey’s injuries of Facebook so his attackers could be caught.
But Ms Chesterton said she was criticised by social services who said she shouldn’t have let her son go to the park without an adult.
She said: ‘I’ve had Social Services basically saying I’m a bad mother because I wasn’t with Corey in the park.
‘I think that’s terrible because I was 15 seconds away at my sister’s house. I just want to give him a free childhood like I had.
‘He was with his ten-year-old cousin who is very responsible. I’ve reported the incident to the police. I just hope the boys are caught. Corey could have been blinded.’
Warwickshire Police said in a statement: ‘The incident happened on Tuesday (25 July) at a park on Washbourne Road, where it was reported that a four-year-old boy had been hit by an apple that was thrown at his face by an unknown offender.
‘The victim was taken to hospital and treated for a bruised cheek.
‘It is believed that the offender was a part of a group, described as teenagers, who made off in an unknown direction after the incident.’