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A 17-year-old could go blind in one eye after being hit in the face, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report and warrants.

Kyle Jackson Freeman, 20, of 841 Rigby Road, Branchville, is charged with one count of first-degree assault and battery and one count of intimidation of witnesses.

The teen’s father told deputies his son was assaulted at a Rigby Road address at 11:04 p.m. on Feb. 12, according to the report. A friend drove the teen home afterward.

The teen had injuries to his head and face, and has suffered concussions in the past, his father said. His father took him to the emergency room at Colleton Medical Center.

Two hours later, medics transported the teen to Trident Medical Center’s trauma unit due to the severity of his injuries.

Warrants allege that Freeman admitted assaulting the teen.

The teen was knocked unconscious, the warrants say. The injuries required extensive surgery that may result in the loss of sight in the teen’s right eye, as well as disfigurement of his face.

Warrants also allege that Freeman made, “statements both in writing as well as verbal to the victim and witnesses in an attempt to intimidate them to not report the incident to law enforcement.”

Warrants state that law enforcement has evidence of text messages and statements by witnesses who heard the alleged threats of intimidation.

If convicted, Freeman faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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