Authorities in Florida say that a group of teens ages 14 to 16 broke no laws when they recorded a video of them laughing while they watched a 32-year-old disabled man drown in a nearby pond.
The horrible footage was filmed just after noon on July 9 in Cocoa, Florida. Jamel Dunn is heard screaming for help in the final moments of his life as he struggles to keep his body afloat in the water.
In a news story that sounds like something from Mad Max, a group of Florida teenagers who filmed themselves laughing and cracking jokes while a disabled man drowned, and then left the scene without telling anybody.
The teenagers, each between the ages of 14 and 16, could face an obscure misdemeanor offense under Florida law for not reporting a death, which could result in probation or community service. Authorities initially said there didn’t appear to be grounds to prosecute the teens, who were caught on camera mocking 32-year-old Jamel Dunn as he drowned in Cocoa, Florida, according to the New York Post.
The boys can be heard in the video discussing Dunn’s impending death and taunting him when he cries for help. After they are sure he is dead, they leave the scene without telling anyone.
“He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed,” Martinez said. “They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming … for someone to help him.” The teenagers didn’t stop joking about Dunn when he failed to surface in the water.
“Oh, he just died,” said one as the others laughed.
The teens left the Cocoa park without notifying anyone about Dunn’s death. Three days later, his badly decomposed body was discovered in the pond.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked at both the manner in which Mr. Dunn lost his life and the actions of the witnesses to this tragedy,” State Attorney Phil Archer said in a statement, according to NBC News.
Dunn leaves behind two young daughters.