Police accuse two teenagers of severely beating a 15-year-old Nampa boy late last month.
The victim, identified by his mother as Jason Cooley Jr., had gone to the home of one of the teens near City Acres Park on May 27. Lisa Warren, Cooley’s mother, told KIVI 6 On Your Side she learned later he went to speak to the other boy, a friend of her son, about a $30 debt.
Warren said she dropped off her son and planned to pick him up after a trip to a nearby market, Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Riha said.
When she didn’t hear back from her son after 20 minutes, Warren texted him but got no reply. When she later called him, a stranger answered and told Warren her son was at the park, unconscious and bloodied.
Police were called at 11:14 p.m., Riha said.
Cooley was taken to a local hospital, where he’s still being treated.
“I don’t know the extent of his injuries, but he was beaten pretty badly,” Riha said.
Riha spoke without identifying the victim or his mother by name, per department policy.
The alleged assailants — both 15-year-old Nampa boys described by Riha as friends of the victim — were taken to the Southwest Idaho Detention Center in Caldwell, where they remain, Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said. They were each charged with aggravated battery, Riha said.
Most juvenile criminal cases in Idaho end up sealed, and details are not usually publicly available. Canyon County prosecutors would not say whether they’re considering charging the boys as adults.
“The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office can’t comment any further at this time since the case is pending,” Decker said.
A GoFundMe account has been established on Cooley’s behalf to help pay for medical expenses and to assist the family while his mother takes time off work to comfort her son. By Tuesday afternoon, it had raised $2,190.