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Teen brutally attacked outside of theater

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This started with online trash talking and it ended with a 14 year-old hospitalized with life threatening injuries. The teen and his family say there were warning signs.

14 year-old Daniel McKendree was beaten so severely he had to have major surgery to repair skull fractures.

"I just wish this would never have happened" said Daniel.

The 14 year-old was out with friends on January 3rd in Prescott Valley when he was approached by a group of teens he had history with online. He never thought he'd end up like this.

"People usually just say stuff to make them sound intimidating, I told them I'm not scared of you" said Daniel.

Daniel loves sports, he plays football and basketball.

"The big thing about Daniel is he is all about sports. This happened to him the day before his first basketball game" said Daniel's mom Jessica Farley.

And with his injuries he may never be able to play sports again.

"The kid has four metal plates with screws in his forehead, he has a scar from ear to ear, and that is sad that a kid has got to grow up like that" said John McKendree, Daniel's father.

The teens mom tells us she got on her sons Facebook page to do her own investigating.

"They actually had threatened him on Facebook that they were going to beat him up" said Farley.

"If I'd had known that there were threats like that I would have went to the police before it happened not after it happened" said John McKendree.

Statistics show very few teens actually talk to their parents about online bullying, these parents have a message.

"It seems like it is a far out land you know it is the internet it is not real. It is very real, those kids that said that stuff on the not so real internet really came and beat up my son" said Farley.

Prescott Valley Police tell us three juveniles have been arrested in the case. As we all know what our kids are ding online is a big concern these days. A team at Arizona State University is working on an iPhone app that is designed to warn parents if their child is being bullied online. The team homes to have the app available for download by the end of the semester.

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