Oct 31, 2016 2:03 PM

New England teen dies after head slammed into floor during drinking party

The Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old Tewksbury boy apparently slammed head first into a concrete floor by an older teen at an underage drinking party has died.

The Middlesex district attorney's office says the boy died at the hospital Monday after suffering traumatic brain injuries during a fight in Lowell Friday.

Authorities say the victim stumbled into 18-year-old Joseph Zagarella, who allegedly responded by picking up the younger teen and slamming him down.

The victim's name was not released.

Zagarella, of Tewksbury, was held on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The district attorney says the investigation is ongoing and charges may be upgraded.

Zagarella's attorney says there are conflicting accounts about what happened, including that the victim fell and hit his head.

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