AMERICUS, Ga. — A Moultrie resident’s son was brutally beaten in a Halloween night group attack that left him unconscious and hospitalized.
Tyler Ellis, a Georgia Southwestern State University junior, was assaulted outside of an off-campus fraternity party on Oct. 31.
He was subsequently transported to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, but currently resides at the Navicient Health Trauma Center in Macon, where he was admitted to its neuro intensive care unit, according to his mother, Stephanie Ellis.
In a Nov. 3 Facebook post, Stephanie Ellis wrote that her son was struck in the back of the head, causing his unconsciousness.
“While he was unconscious, they proceeded to kick him in the face that caused multiple facial fractures,” she wrote. “This was a senseless crime that never should have happened.”
Besides the multiple facial fractures, Tyler Ellis suffered brain bleeds in two separate areas and a skull fracture, his mother wrote. She was unable to reveal more details as GSW campus police is conducting an investigation into the matter.
GSW campus police told The Moultrie Observer they couldn’t reveal any information on the matter. The school itself did release a statement, however.
“The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority,” GSW’s statement read. “Campus police are working diligently in conjunction with the Americus Police Department to identify and arrest the assailants.”
The Moultrie Observer contacted Stephanie Ellis on Monday, but she was unable to talk for long about the condition of her son. She said in a Facebook post on Monday that Tyler’s getting better day by day.
“Just watching him interact with his friends and brothers made my heart smile big,” she wrote. “We are confident he will make a full recovery. The team of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists he has had have all been wonderful.”
But even so, she said Tyler will have lasting issues and symptoms from his injuries in the months to come.
“No one should have to endure what my son did,” she wrote. “I am confident his attackers will be caught.”