OLYMPIA, Wash. — When Dana English went home during her lunch break on August 22 she didn't expect to see her 6-year-old son, Carter, covered in blood.
The mother was aghast to see her son sitting on the front steps of their home in Olympia, Washington, bleeding and injured.
"I just instantly flipped out," English said in an interview with KOMO.
Carter saw a child being bullied outside the family's home and told the group of kids to stop, English said. The group of about six or seven kids started attacking him with rocks, sticks and rubbed sawdust in his eyes.
English took her son to the emergency room immediately.
"I was scared, I was shocked, I'm hurt," she said, tearfully. "There's really not words to put into it."
The incident left Carter with a long list of injures: two fractures in his elbow that may need surgery, a large cut in his eye that required surgery to repair, multiple hematomas to his head and several scratches. Debris and pieces of rock were pulled out of the injured eye, and doctors had initially told English he might lose it.
"He told me he didn't understand why anybody hurt him, and he said he was just trying to help," she said.
Olympia Police are investigating the incident, according to KOMO. A GoFundMe fundraiser has also been set up to help with Carter's medical expenses.
"It's not fair my son was trying to do the right thing and he gets hurt like this," English said. "There's no reason for it."