A gang of bullies nailed a plank of wood into the head of an autistic boy as he walked home from visiting his grandmother.
Romeo Smith, nine, from Ma nsfield, was approached by the group who were waving sticks and calling him cruel names he climbed a tree to try and escape.
But when he tried to make his way home one of the yobs threw a plank of wood at him with a large nail protruding.
The piece of wood hit the youngster at the back of his head and the nail embedded itself into his skull.
Mother Natasha, 30, a nurse, had been walking home with Romeo and her three other children after calling at her mother's house nearby when Romeo was targeted.
'Romeo had lagged slightly behind,' said Natasha at the family home in Mansfield, Notts.