Beaten Deerfield teen breathing on her own By Rachel Leigh | April 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM EST - Updated June 19 at 4:56 PM DEERFIELD BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A 15-year-old girl, brutally beaten outside her middle school, is now breathing on her own. Josie Lou Ratley has been in a medically-induced coma, breathing on a ventilator since she was attacked three weeks ago. Deputies said the beating was sparked by text messages that sent the accused attacker into a rage. Wayne Tracey, 15, allegedly hunted Josie down at her school and beat her into unconsciousness. A 13-year-old girl has also been charged in the attack. Authorities said Tracey, who attends a nearby high school, punched Josie repeatedly, knocked her to the ground, and kicked and stomped on her face with steel-toe boots. Ratley lost consciousness and could not defend herself.