Teen has life-threatening injuries after Laurel Co. beating

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in jail, accused of nearly beating a teenager to death.

The Laurel Sheriff's Office arrested Shawn Couch, 20, early Wednesday morning. The fight happened at Big A's BBQ parking lot on Philpot Road, south of London around 1:40 a.m. The victim was taken to UK Hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries.

Couch's mother tells us he acted in self defense. She says the victim jumped on Couch's back and he threw the victim to the ground. Couch's friends say he would never do something like this on purpose.

If the the victim's injuries get worse, more severe charges could follow for Couch. Right now, he is listed in the Laurel County Detention Center, charged with assault.

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