The 15-year-old girl left home for school early on Tuesday, sometime after 6 a.m., and headed for a bus stop down the block in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. She didn't get far.
Around 8 a.m., a neighbor went outside for a smoke and saw the girl sprawled on the ground in the back yard in the 2400 block of North Long Avenue. There was a pool of blood around her head and her pants were off. She didn't say anything but was moving slightly
The girl was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where police said she was in critical condition with severe head injuries. A police source said she was in a medically induced coma.
Detectives believe the girl was hit in the head while walking down the street to grab a bus at Long and Fullerton that would take her to a charter school about six miles away. She was then dragged into a backyard and assaulted. Police found her lying near the back door, bleeding from the back of her head and covered in blood.
She was still wearing a jacket but her pants were off, according to the police report. She was awake "but very lethargic, possibly suffering from hypothermia," the police report said. Blood was splattered across the yard and down the gangway along the house
The attack happened less than half a block from one of Chicago Public Schools' Safe Passage routes, patrolled areas that were set up for the current school year to help students who have longer walks in the wake of dozens of elementary school closings.
Chicago police spokesman Adam Collins said this morning the route near the assault was staffed beginning at 6:30 a.m., apparently after the attack happened.