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Teen who was attacked doing better

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The Millstadt, Illinois, teen who was attacked and left for dead last month is still in serious condition but her mother says she's doing better.

At a press conference Monday, Michelle Reeves, the mother of 17-year-old Ashley Reeves could not go into specifics on the advice of her lawyers.

But she did say that she didn't consider the alleged attacker, Samson Shelton, to be a threat but rather a mentor for her daughter

"Ashley is a very good, normal 17 year-old teenager that behaved quite well and apparently made a bad decision," Reeves said. "But, every 17 year-old kid does somewhere along the line and she just got caught in a bad way."

Reeves says previous reports that Ashley's neck was broken in the attack are incorrect. There was no fracture or paralysis.

Sampson is free on bond.

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