A 15-year-old girl was attacked and beaten Tuesday morning on her way to school on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said.
The girl was initially attacked just after 8 a.m. in front of a home in the 2400 block of North Long Avenue in the Craigen neighborhood, police said. She was then dragged through the alleyway to the backyard and left lying alone with serious head injuries.
Nearby neighbor Michael Klockowski said he found the girl around 8:10 a.m. lying bloody and battered. Klockowski ran and called for help.
"I could hear her speaking to them very faintly," Klockowski said after police arrived, "enough to get who she was and where she lived."
Klockowski said the girl was found without her pants and shoes on, and her backpack was dropped in the alleyway. He said she was clearly on her way to school.
"I hope they find him," he said.
The incident has many parents reconsidering their child's walk to school.
"She won't walk alone," area resident Johana Arana said. "I'll make sure she has someone watch her."
The young teen remained at Mount Sinai Hospital Tuesday night in serious condition with serious head wounds.
The young girl is an honor student at a nearby charter school. Although she doesn't attend a Chicago public school, the incident happened just four houses away from a Safe Passage route.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.