Chilling surveillance video shows the alleged hazing of a college freshman who was left brain damaged and unable to walk, talk or see.
Danny Santulli can be seen marching downhill and being blindfolded by other pledges at Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, University of Missouri in October.
“I’m sad for him,” said Santulli’s mom, Mary Pat Santulli. “You know, just what he went through. He didn’t deserve it.”
The extraordinary video, released by the family’s lawyer, shows the tragic timeline of the incident.
Santulli, carrying a vodka bottle, can be seen in the fraternity house at 9:55 p.m. According to his family, he was instructed to finish the vodka before it was time for bed.
He tried to finish the bottle for almost 30 minutes. A frat brother filled his glass with beer using a funnel.
Santulli fell on the floor after another half hour. He was carried out by frat brothers and placed on a couch.
Santulli was seen sliding off the couch with his head first at 12:38 a.m. The frat members apparently checked for a pulse at 12.43 a.m. and then lifted Santulli from the couch. However, they accidentally dropped him on the head.
It was too late when they took him to the hospital. Santulli couldn’t breathe and his heart had stopped. His blood alcohol level was six-fold the legal limit. He was revived by doctors and placed on a ventilator.
When Santulli’s family was told about what happened, they were in shock.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. It was the worst night of my life. Once I got there and he was on the respirator, and [there were] so many tubes coming out, my heart sank,”Mary Pat said.
Eight months later, the mom quit her job as a bank teller to take care her son full-time.
“He can’t move any of his body. He needs help with bathing, getting up in his chair. He’s not eating. He still has his feeding tube. We have to administer his meds in the morning. It’s just nonstop,”Mary Pat said.
Santulli’s family shared touching home videos with Inside Edition. That’s how they want to remember him, rather than what’s on the disturbing pledge night video.
“This is, without a doubt, the worst fraternity hazing incident injury case that there’s ever been in the United States. It couldn’t be any worse and have someone still be alive,” said the family’s attorney, David Bianchi.
Two members of the fraternity were charged with felony hazing.
According to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Santulli shouldn’t have been placed in such a situation. They also prohibit minors from drinking alcohol and hazing. They claim that the chapter has been closed.