Beaten Deerfield teen breathing on her own

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.