ORLAND HILLS (CBS) — A young suburban girl is out of the hospital after suffering a brutal beating.
The 12-year-old was attacked after she got off her school bus in southwest suburban Orland Hills, according to police.
On Wednesday, she was released from the hospital, surrounded by balloons as she got into her family’s mini van.
Despite being punched in the stomach and having her head repeatedly bashed into a tree, the girl smiled to a reporter as she left the hospital. CBS is not identifying her or her family due to security concerns.
“She’s doing fine, and also her memory will come back to her,” her father told CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman. “She will have to go for two weeks for therapy.”
“So far, the MRI says everything is good.”
The Prairie View Middle School student was less than a block from her Orland Hills home when she was attacked by a man that she said was wearing a ski mask.
The attacker left her on the ground and then jumped into a red car driven by a second person, who was also wearing a ski mask.
The attack has parents concerned.
“I’m devastated. I mean I am terrified and that’s why today I made the decision to come and pick my daughter up,” said Faye Alowise, a Prairie View Middle School parent.