Emily O'Reilly suffered horrific facial injuries and was left in a gutter to die

An autistic 16-year-old girl suffered horrific facial injuries and was left in a gutter to die after an unprovoked attack.

Emily O’Reilly had been walking to a friend’s house in Walsall on Monday evening when she was pulled to the ground.

She was then repeatedly punched, kicked and had her face stamped on by the attacker who stole her iPhone and bracelet.

The health and social care student then passed out and was left lying in the gutter for several minutes before she regained consciousness and staggering to a pub for help.

She was then taken to hospital where she required treatment to a fractured nose and cheek and stitches for a wound under her eye.     

Emily, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged six, has been left permanently disfigured as a result of the vicious robbery and unable to open her right eye.

Emily O' Reilly before the attack

Emily was left with horrific injuries following the attack

Emily was then repeatedly punched, kicked and had her face stamped on by the thug who stole her iPhone and bracelet.

Her devastated mother Tanya O’Reilly, 36, said she did not even recognise her daughter when she arrived at Walsall Manor Hospital following the street attack.

She said: ‘It just didn’t look like my daughter. There was blood everywhere.

‘I just burst into tears when I saw her, I could not believe somebody could do that do another person.

‘I want people to see these pictures to see the impact these attacks can have and that violence is just not the answer.

‘She can’t even open her eye. She keeps crying but I can’t tell because I can’t see her tears through the swelling.’

A 16-year-old girl, from Darlaston, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and appeared at Wolverhampton Youth Court on Wednesday.

The case was adjourned and she was granted bail to reappear at the same court on March 31.

Residential support worker Tanya, of Walsall, added: ‘We know who the girl is, we just know her from the local area and she has a history of violence.

Emily O' Reilly with her mother Tanya

Emily said she was walking to a friend's house when she was pulled from behind

Emily, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged six, has been left permanently disfigured as a result of the vicious robbery and unable to open her right eye

‘So she knew Emily has autism. How can you be that evil to attack a girl with a disability?

‘She has Asperger’s, which makes her unaware when she’s in a dangerous situation.

‘The girl just took advantage of that and beat her within an inch of her life.

‘All she wants to do is fit in as a teenage girl – but she hasn’t been the same since and I’m worried about the long term effects this could have.’

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: ‘We can confirm a 16-year-old girl was arrested following an incident in Bull Street, Darlaston on Monday evening.

‘She was charged with one count of robbery and two counts of criminal damage and was due to appear at Wolverhampton Youth Court on Wednesday.’

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