Group home employee beat teen for not finishing homework while coworker stood by and did nothing: police

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Source: Bay County jail

Oct. 26 2021, Published 10:20 a.m. ET

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A worker at a group home beat a child for not finishing their homework so severely the teen had to be hospitalized, police said.

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Police in Panama City, Florida, were called to a group home for a report of child abuse. Detectives learned an employee punched a 15-year-old victim in the head and face at least 20 times, according to Panama City police.

William “Corey” Forrest, 29, had an altercation with a student over completing their homework, police said.

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The teen had cuts, a bloody nose and a black eye from the incident, police noted. The victim had to be hospitalized for treatment.

Police also say Forrest deleted evidence of the alleged attack from the facility’s camera system and coached the victim on what to say if asked about the incident.

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Detectives charged Forest with two counts of child abuse, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of tampering with a witness.

Fellow staff member Carlos Ariel Perez, 24, was also present during the attack and did nothing to stop it, according to Panama City police. Perez was charged with principal to child abuse and child neglect.

Both suspects were booked into the Bay County jail.

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