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UPDATE: Charges Sought In Taped Beating Of Boy

FLINT (WWJ/AP) - The mother of a 14-year-old Flint boy who was beaten last week says she hopes a video of the attack posted on Facebook leads to arrests.

Trina McNeil told The Flint Journal that video of the Friday afternoon attack was posted on a Facebook page of one of the attackers.

McNeil says at least 25 people clicked Facebook’s “like” button in response to the video.

According to a police report, the Northern High School student was walking on the city’s west side when three teens that he recognized as schoolmates attacked him. The boy told police he believed the attack was unprovoked.

The video shows two teens abruptly attacking McNeil for almost a minute before he was able to run away. The newspaper published an edited version of the video on its website. (Warning: Video contains graphic images.)

McNeil is doing ok after the attack, but one of his eyes was still swollen shut on Monday.

Officer James Wheeler said Tuesday the video likely would be used to identify suspects.

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