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After 17-year-old found unconscious in alleged assault at Kentucky party, 5 teens charged

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Five teenagers, including two juveniles, were arrested early Sunday after a 17-year-old was assaulted and left with serious head injuries during a house party, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived at the Paris Karr Road home, about 10 miles south of London, they found 18-year-old Madison Brown outside the residence, the sheriff’s office said. While the sheriff’s office was investigating, Brown “became belligerent with deputies” who smelled alcohol on her, the sheriff said.

Deputies went inside the house and found numerous intoxicated adults and juveniles and learned there was a party taking place with alcoholic beverages, according to the sheriff’s office.

A 17-year-old male from Mount Washington was found unconscious in a back bedroom, the sheriff said. The boy was assaulted by three people at the home, the sheriff said. Text messages and videos were recovered depicting or describing an assault, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

The victim was transported to an area hospital and then airlifted to a Louisville hospital, where he was on a ventilator “with serious head trauma,” the sheriff said.

Brady Tyler Cook, 18, of Danville, was charged with first-degree assault and alcohol intoxication. John Tyler Masters, 19, of Paris Karr Road in Keavy, was charged with first-degree assault. He was also charged with third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor after he allegedly took alcohol to the home even though no one was over the age of 21, according to the sheriff.

In addition to Cook and Masters, a 16-year-old Danville boy was charged with first-degree assault and alcohol intoxication. A 17-year-old Danville boy was charged with evidence tampering for allegedly intentionally deleting video of the assault, the sheriff’s office said. Juveniles’ names are not released.

Brown, of Liberty, was charged with first-degree disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

The three adults were placed in the Laurel County Correctional Center, according to the sheriff’s office. One of the juveniles was transported to the Breathitt County Detention Center, and the other was released to his parents.

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