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Arrest made in teen's brutal beating; Suspect claims to be gang member

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Police said a 15-year-old has been arrested after he and three others brutally beat a 14-year-old in Daytona Beach.

Exclusive home surveillance video obtained by WFTV shows the 14-year-old boy getting beaten while on the front porch of a neighbor's home on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The attackers also recorded the attack on a cellphone and then put the video online, authorities said.

The video shows four attackers corner the victim, punching, kicking and stomping on the boy. One of the attackers then picks up a chair and throws it on the teen when the others finished the beating, the video shows.

"His head was swollen. His head is like bust, split open," said Felicia White, the victim's mother. "They pummeled on his neck and his chest and his head."

Despite being injured, the boy insisted on going to school Monday, White said.

White said she cried when she saw the video of her son being beaten, but she's happy there is proof and that more arrests are imminent.

"I was outraged. It made me cry. Every time I seen it, the first 20 times, I cried," White said.

"They took his bike. They chased him down, and he ran on this porch for help," the victim's cousin told Channel 9, asking to remain unidentified.

The cousin said the attackers are members of the City Boy Gang and she saw the video after one of the attackers posted it on Facebook.

"They posted it on Facebook, and they thought it was funny and was bragging about it," she said. "That's not right to do to nobody like that. Everyone on that video need to be placed in jail."

The 15-year-old who was arrested attends Spruce Creek High School, authorities said. Police said he was identified when his probation officer saw the video and recognized him. He has since been charged with aggravated battery.

Investigators confirmed to Channel 9 the arrested boy claimed on his Facebook profile to be a member of the City Boy Gang, but police said they're skeptical about that claim.

Daytona Beach Police said they don't know of other attacks by the group and it's too early in their investigation to tell if the group is part of a larger gang problem.

Robert Mobley, the owner of the home where the teen was attacked, said he was inside the house when he heard the fight break out on his front porch.

"When I found out they were doing this and putting it on Youtube, I'm saying, well, these guys are actually performing like thugs," said Mobley.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said they are working on identifying the others in the video.