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Teen charged after Mason indoor water park employee suffers fractured skull in parking lot

Great Wolf Lodge
Bailey W. McAfee
Posted at 1:27 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 13:34:32-05

MASON, Ohio — A Liberty Township teen is charged with felonious assault after an alleged confrontation with another teen last week in the parking lot of a Warren County amusement attraction, WCPO media partner the Journal-News reports.

An employee of Great Wolf Lodge flagged down a Mason police officer about 8:50 p.m. on Jan. 24, saying a fellow employee was being assaulted, according to the Mason police report.

The officer was directed to a parked vehicle, where a Lebanon 17-year-old was seated in the passenger seat. He declined medical treatment at the scene, saying his friend was taking him to the hospital for evaluation.

The victim said he was talking with a co-worker when her boyfriend saw them and became upset, according to police.

“The (male) approached (the victim), and the two began arguing. In the midst of the argument, the male suspect struck (the victim) several times, causing him to go unconscious, according to his friends, and fall on the ground,” the officer wrote in the report.

The victim told police it was a misunderstanding and he did not wish to pursue any charges. The officer told him to contact police if he decided to pursue charges.

Detective Levi Wells said the victim sustained more serious injuries than he originally thought, and a felonious assault charge was filed against the suspect, Bailey W. McAfee, 18.

Wells said the investigation is ongoing. Eight people are listed on the police report as witnesses to the incident. Wells said he could not “confirm or deny” if there was video taken of the incident.

According to the complaint filed against McAfee, “(he) did cause serious physical harm to a 17-year-old victim. McAfee was engaged in a physical confrontation in which he picked up the victim off his feet and with great force slammed the victim head first onto the concrete.”

The court document said the victim sustained a skull fracture, arterial bleeding, epidural hematoma and swelling of the brain.

The victim was in fair condition Thursday at Miami Valley Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

McAfee remains housed in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. His case was bound over to a Warren County grand jury for consideration following a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Mason Municipal Court.

The Journal-News is a media partner of WCPO.