Bailey O'Neill's family says he was bullied and beaten

Bullied Delco Boy Lies in a Coma

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says investigators are trying to determine if the injuries Bailey received in the fight caused his seizures.

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    The grandmother of 11-year-old Bailey O'Neill claims her grandson was beaten up by classmates at Darby Township School in January. He suffered a broken nose and began having seizures after the alleged incident. In order to control them, doctors put O'Neill in a medically-induced coma. No criminal charges have been brought against O'Neill's peers, but the family wants his classmates to be punished. NBC10's Lori Wilson reports on the investigation. (Published Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013)

    Update: On Sunday, Bailey O'Neill died in the hospital, according to his family. He had turned 12-years-old on Saturday.


    “Some of the doctors say he can hear us, so I talk to him,” said Joy Fecanin while in tears. “I say, 'I’m going to give you a big kiss.'”

    Fecanin’s 11-year-old grandson Bailey lies in a coma after suffering several seizures. As his family continues to hope for a recovery, they also want the school bullies accused of attacking Bailey brought to justice.

    Fecanin says Bailey was jumped by two classmates during recess at Darby Township School last month and suffered a broken nose as a result.  He then began to suffer seizures the next day, forcing doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma. 

    “He had to have a blood transfusion,” said Fecanin. “He has pneumonia.”

    While the students who jumped Bailey were suspended for two days, police have not yet revealed whether they will be criminally charged.

    “I would like to see these kids punished,” said Fecanin. “Something has to be done. I don’t know what’s taking them so long.”

    Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says investigators are trying to determine if the injuries Bailey received in the fight caused his seizures. Investigators interviewed kids and recess aides who were on the playground when the fight broke out.

    “We can assure them that we are going to continue with our investigation,” said Whelan.

    Bailey’s younger brother was taken out of the school because his parents are worried the same thing will happen to him.