Olympia 6-year-old beaten, hospitalized for standing up to bullies

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -A 6-year-old boy from Olympia is recovering from serious injuries after his mother says he was attacked by a group of bullies.

"It's been hell," Dana English told KOMO-TV. "I haven't slept. I haven't eaten. I can't do anything. I can't even leave his side."

English says her son Carter was attacked by a group of kids at their apartment complex last week. Carter says it started because he confronted the group of bullying his friend. 

"They were just bullying him, like beating him up," Carter said. "I just told them to stop, and then they did it to me."

Family says the bullies beat Carter with rocks and sticks, and even rubbed sawdust in his eyes. He ended up with a broken arm, cuts, bruises and a lacerated eye.

He's had surgery on his eye and may need surgery on his arm.

Olympia Police say they have identified a 5-year-old who they believe started the attack and social services are involved in the case, but due to the age of the kids involved, the case will not result in criminal charges.

An online fundraiser has been set up to help the family pay for medical expenses. It's already raised more than $26,000.

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