State Proclamation Recognizes Mineral City Warrior


Michaela Madison Reporting

(Friday, November 10th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – A local child who survived a horrific attack is now being recognized by the Ohio Attorney General.

The 11-year-old boy known as the Mineral City Warrior was honored with a proclamation from Attorney General Mike DeWine for showing “exceptional courage and determination.”

The child was abducted, sexually assaulted and beaten in Mineral City last year.

In the proclamation, DeWine explains how doctors and nurses describe his seemingly rapid recovery as miraculous.

The document also recognizes the “expedited efforts of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office,” which helped quickly arrest and convict the attacker.

Also noted in the proclamation was the child’s Warrior project by reaching out to other child abduction victims to let them know they aren’t alone and to give them hope in overcoming trauma.

The non-profit organization is designed to provide child sexual assault victims Warrior Bags, which contain items the Mineral City Warrior found helpful during their healing process. Pending approval of a 501(c) (3), the organization will also offer medical, legal and transitional advocacy to families.

Prosecutor Ryan Styer read the proclamation this week at the Tuscarawas County Justice Center in New Philadelphia.

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