Family of teen whose head was bashed into cement gives troubling update on her condition

The family of the white Missouri teenager whose head was brutally bashed into the pavement in a fight near her school said she is showing “signs of significant cognitive impairment.”

Family attorney Bryan Kaemmerer released a statement on behalf of Kaylee Gain’s family, explaining that she is repeating herself after waking from a coma and doesn’t recall the fight or understand why she is in the hospital.

“Kaylee’s ability to walk has slightly improved, but she is unable to do so without the assistance of the hospital staff,” Kaemmerer said. “However, Kaylee is still showing signs of significant cognitive impairment during the limited conversations that she is able to have, and she tends to reiterate the same short sentences over and over.”

“Although Kaylee appears to realize that she is in the hospital, she does not understand why she is there,” he added.

Gain suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed from the March 8 attack that was captured on video. The 15-year-old black girl who slammed her head into the pavement, identified by her family as Maurnice DeClue, was arrested and charged with assault.

Gain’s family also commented on what appears to be false social media posts attributed to DeClue bragging about the beating and declaring that she should “join MMA or WWE.”

“The timing of events that transpired in the hours and days after the family became aware of Kaylee’s attack, including when they were first made aware of these social media posts, are understandably difficult TO recall given how shocked and saddened they were to learn of what happened,” Kaemmerer said in his statement. “The family is thankful that the accused apparently did not post these entirely distasteful messages. This does not, however, change the fact that the family firmly believes that there is more than sufficient evidence for the accused to be tried as an adult.”

“The family is encouraged, however, by public statements by those associated with the accused stating that the accused would like to apologize to Kayle for what occurred,” he added. “While these statements do not change the family’s position that it is appropriate for the accused to be tried as an adult, it is encouraging that the accused appears to be remorseful for what transpired during these unfortunate events.”

Kaylee suffered a “severe head injury” and began having what appeared to be a seizure as others stood around and watched, as seen in the footage below:

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Consuella DeClue, the mother of the accused, said her daughter was a victim of bullying and was not the aggressor, according to  KSDK.

“I just feel for my daughter,” she said, according to the NBC affiliate. “She’s not a troublemaker, she’s not a bully.”

“Maurnice was not the aggressor,” the mother added. “This had manifested over a three-month period. My daughter was focused on her education, and I don’t know… maybe they thought she was a nerd.”

DeClue said police have compiled menacing threats to her daughter from Instagram.

“My daughter said she blacked out during the fight. I didn’t know she was being bullied,” DeClue said. “I would have pulled her out of school.”

Tom Tillison


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