INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An 8-year-old is fighting for his life after police say someone hit him in the head with a sledgehammer.
Police say this all stems from a fight that happened near 30th and Arlington on the city's east side.
Witnesses told 24-Hour News 8 they believe the suspect was aiming at someone else when the child was hit.
A report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says the two-pound hammer fractured the boy's skull. He was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
"He is in critical condition right now. They have machines breathing for him right now,” said Stacy MacDade, a woman identifying herself as the boy’s cousin. “I just pray to God that everything be OK with him. We are praying to God that he can get through this.”
A puddle of water with a strong smell of bleach is all that's left of the crime scene on Priscilla Avenue. It sits in front of the home where the child lives. Thursday afternoon the porch light was on. No one at the unit answered the door.
Grena Montgomery, who looks away when she passes the area, offered help moments after calling 911.
“This is an 8-year-old little boy. He is fighting for his life and he has nothing to do with it. He was just in the middle of some chaos between grown people and kids,” Montgomery said. “I stayed there with the little boy. I put pressure on his head with the rag and stayed there until the ambulance came.”
The child’s mother, Erica Andrews, was nearby.
“She was running around in circles. She was frantic she was panicked. She didn’t know what to do,” Montgomery said. “I have never seen anything like that. To see this little boy on the ground, helpless and crying and blood everywhere. It’s senseless.”
Montgomery and other residents who declined to talk on camera say there have been multiple fights in the complex recently. The Indianapolis Housing Agency says they are aware of the issues in the Beechwood Gardens Complex.
Several families in the complex have been referred to the courts for eviction but those attempts failed. That's because residents reporting the claims do not show up for court.
The police report from IMPD also says another child suffered minor injuries.
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