- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Scott County prosecutor wants three 15-year-old boys charged with assaulting a 12-year-old boy with bricks, bats and a hammer tried in adult court as youthful offenders.

The teens were arrested Wednesday and charged as juveniles with causing serious injury and going armed with intent, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1nFnRo8 ). They are set to be in court Thursday for a detention review hearing.

Police say the three attacked the younger boy Tuesday outside a Davenport candy store. The 12-year-old suffered a brain bleed and lacerations to his head and face and was hospitalized.

Assistant Scott County Attorney Dion Trowers filed motions to try the three teens as youthful offenders.

If deemed youthful offenders, the teens will be tried in adult court. If convicted, they would be under the supervision of the juvenile court until they turn 18. After that, the case would be returned to adult court, where a judge would determine whether to impose a sentence or release them.

To be deemed a youthful offender, a teen must be 15 or younger and probable cause established that he committed an offense. A judge also must determine that there would not be reasonable prospects for rehabilitating the teen by the time he turns 18 if the juvenile court retains jurisdiction over him.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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