A dad has been left paralysed with half a skull and a 'sunken brain' after a horrific attack – and his attacker spent just 72 days in jail for it.
Steven Augustine, 32, was attacked while on his way home in New York by Charles Miles in May last year.
He is still in a vegetative state in a hospital bed, unable to communicate with his family and friends.
His heartbroken parents have said they have had "no justice" and that their son still needs further surgery as he continues to battle for his life.
A GoFundMe page set up for his medical treatment says: "Steve's sons will never go fishing with their daddy again.
"They will never feel his arms around them when they get hurt."
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It adds: "It wasn't only Steve's life that changed forever. It's all the people who love him whose lives changed forever.
"We have no justice. We have no peace."
The left side of Steven's skull had to be removed after it was shattered during the assault.
Now he needs a special plastic skull to protect his brain as he suffers from sunken brain syndrome – a rare complication after a craniectomy, a procedure to remove part of his skull.
His heartbroken mum Donna told The Sun :"The left side of his head shattered along with multiple skull fractures throughout his head and face, and he has had bleeding on the brain.
“Charles Miles was given a light sentence and I want justice for my son who is fighting every single day for his life."
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She described Stephen as a fun-loving guy and said he was always smiling.
Donna added: "He loves his children and family more than anything in the world and to see him now, severely brain damaged, is devastating. I am heartbroken – my son is in a [vegetative] state."
The devastated mum visits her son every day.
Doctors believed Steven's injuries appeared to be from blunt force trauma similar to a baseball bat – but a lawyer claims Miles punched Steven once causing him to fall backwards onto the ground.
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said since Miles did not intend to cause serious physical harm to Augustine, they could not bring felony assault charges against him.
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But Steven's mum still struggles to believe her son's injuries could be a result of just one punch.
She said he has been left only blinking to indicate 'yes' or 'no' and cries when he sees his two sons.
Steven's family are hopeful that vital surgery – funded by a New York government agency – could help save his life.
They continue to fundraise for his medical treatment on a gofundme page. To donate click here.
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