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Full recovery expected for child beaten by bike thief

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published June 8, 2011

KTUU-TV has published a lengthy conversation with Andrea Dunwoody, the mother of the Midtown Anchorage 7-year-old who was hospitalized in critical condition after refusing to hand over her bike to a man on a rampage. The man, 32-year-old Byron Syvinski, punched her several times, according to witnesses, and she was taken to the hospital with a potentially serious head injury. The swelling pressing on the girl's brain subsided without the need for risky surgery, says Dunwoody, adding that her daughter is sitting up and talking and is expected to make a full recovery. Read much more, here.

Other details have emerged as well. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the attacker had called police for help four times the day before his rampage, showed signs of delirium when he was apprehended, and that he is currently being treated for an infection in a broken arm. Read much more, here.

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