- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two Pittsburgh teens have been charged as adults after police said they beat a fellow group home resident so severely he had to be revived by paramedics and put on life support.

The 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys were charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide in the attack Saturday night at the Circle C Group Home in the city’s Carrick neighborhood. The attack has prompted investigations by the state Department of Human Services, which licensed the group home, and Allegheny County, which contracts with the facility.

“We will be investigating,” Marc Cherna, county human services director, said Monday. “How it happened, anything that can be avoided.”

The home provides placement for boys - generally ages 13 to 16 - who have been referred by the county’s Children Youth and Family Services agency or juvenile probations.

The youths are charged with attacking the victim sometime before 10:30 p.m. Saturday after he returned to the home following an earlier argument with the 15-year-old.

According to criminal complaints filed by police, the argument between the alleged victim and the 15-year-old resumed and became physical before the 16-year-old suspect joined in.

The victim threw a vacuum cleaner at the 15-year-old, who allegedly put the victim into a chokehold while the 16-year-old hit him with the appliance, police said.

The victim’s name hasn’t been released, but police said Monday he remained on life support in critical condition at UPMC Mercy hospital. The boys are not being identified by The Associated Press, which does not generally name juveniles charged with crimes.

The suspects remained jailed unable to post $100,000 bail each. Online court records do not list attorneys for them.

They face a preliminary hearing Jan. 16.

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