A Minnesota native whose family says was trying to confront a suspected domestic abuser was assaulted by the man's friends and was hospitalized throughout Labor Day weekend.
Isaiah Smith, 21, who grew up in Brainerd, is a nursing student at North Dakota State University. According to KSTP, Smith was at a house party on Friday night when he saw a man whom Smith believed was the suspect in a domestic abuse case.
Smith is friends with the abuse victim, and his sister tells the TV station he has little tolerance for domestic violence, having witnessed it during his childhood. After Smith and the other man exchanged words, at least three of the guy's friends attacked Smith and ganged up to "brutally" assault him, as explained on a YouCaring fundraiser page established to help pay his medical bills.
Smith suffered a badly broken jaw, that page says, along with a concussion, and spent seven hours in surgery. "Teeth, what teeth?" reads the fundraiser message, which was created by Smith's sister Casey Droher. "Isaiah will have lost more than half his teeth after this journey to recovery. The surgeon said this is the worst injury he's ever seen."
In a matter of days, the page has received nearly $30,000 in donations, which Droher writes will be used to "remove teeth and also to replace them," citing a cost of $6,000 per tooth implant Smith receives.
An update published on Tuesday says Smith has been released from the hospital in the care of his mother, and will spend "3-4 weeks" with his jaw wired shut.
Fargo police are investigating the assault on Smith.