A 15-year-old Billings boy injured in an alleged assault with a hockey stick has been released from the hospital, police said Wednesday.
The boy, who has been identified only by the initials C.H., was released from the Billings Clinic Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Mark Kirkpatrick said. The boy suffered serious head and other injuries late Sunday or early Monday.
Another 15-year-old boy, Johnny Allen Washee Jr., has been charged as an adult in District Court with attempted deliberate homicide. Prosecutors say Washee repeatedly hit C.H. with a hockey stick at about midnight Sunday after C. H. stabbed him in the leg during a confrontation earlier Sunday evening at Pioneer Park.
Kirkpatrick said the incidents are still under investigation and authorities will determine whether C. H. also will be charged.
"We're looking at that from both sides, whether it was self-defense or an act of aggression," he said.
Two other teens — a 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man — have been charged in connection with the alleged assaults. The girl, also identified only by her initials, was cited for aggravated assault and was given a notice to appear in court, Kirkpatrick said. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and could amend the charge, he said.
The 19-year-old, Joshua Best, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor obstructing justice. Kirkpatrick said Best was not involved directly in the attack, but he was a witness and is accused of fleeing the scene.