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Disabled boy, 18, faces permanent blindness ‘after 17-year-old abuser threw sewage cleaner powder in his eyes’, left his skin black and unable to see


A Texas 18-year-old with autism is facing permanent blindness after a supposed boyfriend allegedly threw powdered sewage cleaner in his eyes.

Branden Jolly, 17, had his first court date with a judge Friday, where his bail was set at $300,000.

Brody Morgan, who has autism, was walking through his neighborhood in Friendswood when Jolly threw what turned out to be a drain cleaner.

Morgan’s mother Amy said her son came back to their house screaming, initially believing it was just salt in the boy’s eyes.

However, when she tried to wash his eyes with water, it only got worse, with Amy Morgan claiming it looked like her son had two black eyes.

Brody Morgan (pictured), who has autism, was walking through his neighborhood in Friendswood when Branden Jolly threw what turned out to be a drain cleaner.

«It looked like they were bruised, black,» she told ABC 13.

Brody Morgan claims one of the teenagers stole a package from a house down the street.

Jolly decided to open the stolen box, which contained a tube of powder the boys didn’t recognize.

According to court documents, Jolly first poured the chemicals on Brody Morgan’s shirt.

Brody then tried to push Jolly away, which police say led to Jolly throwing the powder back in his face.

The doctors eventually managed to figure out that Jolly had thrown a powdered garbage cleaner at Morgan.

«We went to the emergency room and they immediately realized it wasn’t salt and they kept trying to get me to know what it was and I had no idea,» Amy Morgan said.

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Jolly was charged with causing injury to a disabled person due to Morgan’s autism. He escaped house arrest after prosecutors demanded it be added to his bond.

Branden Jolly, 17, had his first date with a judge Friday, where his bond was set at $300,000.

Branden Jolly, 17, had his first date with a judge Friday, where his bond was set at $300,000.

The doctors eventually managed to figure out that Jolly had thrown a powdered garbage cleaner at Morgan

The doctors eventually managed to figure out that Jolly had thrown a powdered garbage cleaner at Morgan

The family of the alleged attacker claimed it was all an accident and that all the boys involved played their part.

Jolly’s mother claims that Brody Morgan ‘attacked’ her son and then the fabric fell out of Jolly’s hand and onto Morgan.

The family also released a statement sympathizing with Morgan but maintaining Branden’s innocence.

“Our family is very upset by the details of this case, for both of our families. I am very saddened by the whole incident and my heart goes out to Brody and his family,” his mother wrote.

«I believe this incident was NOT an act of malicious intent by my son to harm his friend, but an accident resulting from the decisions of all parties involved.»

However, a third juvenile involved in the incident — who has not been identified — told police that Jolly threw the substance on purpose.

Amy Morgan told KHOU the other two boys knew her son had autism and should have known better, even dragging them into the house to spray him with chemicals.

‘He said, ‘You shouldn’t do that. It is bad.’ Something along those lines… and I think it pissed them off a bit. These boys knew Brody had autism,” Morgan said.

Jolly was charged with injury to a disabled person.  He escaped house arrest after prosecutors demanded it be added to his bond

Jolly was charged with injury to a disabled person. He escaped house arrest after prosecutors demanded it be added to his bond

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Brody Morgan's parents say he was taken to a burn unit and could lose his sight permanently

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But she added that she didn’t want Jolly’s life to be completely ruined because of it.

«I feel like he should get some kind of punishment. I don’t know what it looks like because I don’t want him to go to prison for the rest of his life,» Morgan said.

Court documents also say the packaging was clearly marked to show it was a waste cleaner.

Brody Morgan’s parents say he was taken to a burn unit and could lose his sight permanently.



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