Dripping Springs football player denies beating allegations

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 7:21 PM

HAYS COUNTY, Texas -- A Dripping Springs football player is in jail, accused of severely beating a high school freshman inside a school bathroom. The teen's father believes other students were involved.

Carlos Favors-Battle, 17, is charged with second degree felony assault after an accused beating last Tuesday inside a boy's bathroom at Dripping Springs High School.

Favors-Battle is accused of attacking a freshman basketball player, causing serious injuries.

A school nurse called for help. Medics rushed the student to University Medical Center Brackenridge. He was originally listed in critical condition.

"We're just happy he's alive. We were told by the emergency room doctor this could be fatal," said the victim's mother, Johnnie Melvin.

According to court records, the freshman doesn't know who hit him.

"All he remembers is he got hit in the face," said Melvin.

If convicted, the Favors-Battle could face up to 20 years in prison. Battle's father says his son denies being part of the beating.

"It is a fear going around in that school. I'm not gonna mention that kid's name, but there is another kid that was involved in this. There's a fear that's going around in that school from that one student that was also in that bathroom," said Favors-Battle's father.
 
Favors-Battle's father adopted him from the foster care system two years ago. He says his son suffers from depression and bi-polar disorder. He takes medication and struggles in school. He hopes a judge will consider probation and an alternative school for recovery, rather than jail time.
 
The Hays County Sheriff's Office is investigating, trying to figure out what the fight was about and if any other students were involved.
 
The freshman is out of school, expected to make a full recovery with no serious long-term injuries, his mother is praying.
 
Investigators are looking at surveillance video and taking statements. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hays County Sheriff's Office.

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