Deputies investigating after teen injured at fair

VIDEO: Teen recovering after mysterious injury at fair
Source: Mother of the teenager
Source: Mother of the teenager

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A 16-year-old is at home recovering after doctors stitched up a deep cut he received during his trip to the Coastal Carolina Fair Sunday night.

Charleston County deputies are trying to figure out how the injury happened.

The teen, whose identity was not released by deputies, reported a puncture wound to deputies and EMTs at approximately 7:20 p.m. according to an incident report.

The mother of the teenager, said he had gone to the fair with two of his friends around 5:00 p.m.

An incident report said the teen told deputies he sat down near a ride for a moment and when he stood up he felt something wet on his left side. He said he reached back and when he brought his hand back there was blood on it, the report states.

"He noticed that something didn't feel right," the teen's mother said. "He said the music was really loud and then he felt something wet."

However, the teen told a slightly different story over the phone during an interview.

He said he and his friends were walking around when one of them noticed blood seeping through his shirt near the Magnum ride.

It was at that point one of his friends pressed his hand to the wound to stop the bleeding and the other went to get authorities.

The teen did not know how he was injured and did not report any altercations or suspicious activities, Charleston County Sheriff's Lt. Rita Zelinsky said.

The teen said they were taken to the EMS station to be treated for the wound where he was then taken by ambulance to Trident Medical Center.

"The doctor told us he got really lucky," his mother said. "He's taking it like a champ."

The teen said the doctors cleaned out the wound, cauterized it, which means burning the skin to prevent infection and help stop the bleeding, and then had it stitched up.

According to his mother, the boy did not go to school Monday.

"He's still really sore," she said. "There's still some bleeding. The cut had to have been three to four inches deep."

According to discharge papers, his doctor at Trident Medical Center diagnosed the teenager with a stab wound, although how it was obtained is still unknown.

The teen said his doctor told him sometimes the deeper the wound is, you may not feel anything when it happens.

Joe Bolchoz said Monday he was aware of a fair goer feeling pain in his back, but was not aware of any "puncture wounds."

He added the fair will continue to operate under normal hours.

The mother of the teenager said they go to the fair every year.

"I'm not telling people to not go to the fair, we love the fair," she said. "You just have to be aware of your surroundings."

Deputies say there is no evidence to suggest the victim was assaulted but the investigation is ongoing.

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