ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 17-year-old will be tried as an adult for allegedly beating his 4-year-old brother with a brick.
Michael Gosnell made his first court appearance Friday at the Linn County courthouse after the attack Tuesday night at their home.
Detectives said when they arrived they found the boy bleeding from a head wound and suffering scrapes and abrasions.
The 4-year-old was taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and then Gosnell was arrested.
Originally he faced a third-degree assault charge, but investigators said they increased the charge when they learned other details.
Authorities did not disclose the details, but did say the brick was considered a weapon. They have not established a motive and said this is the first adult charge for Gosnell.
His friend, Karisa Radarte, told KOIN 6 News she’s known Gosnell since middle school and said he’s had a rough life.
“He was bullied a lot,” Radarte said. “People would pick fights on purpose.”
She also said he’s bounced around living with different family members, but despite that can’t see him assaulting his younger brother.
“It’s pretty sad that a 4-year-old had to go through that, but at the same time, I don’t believe it,” she said. “I don’t think he would do that.”
Gosnell will be back in court next week.