WARNING: Graphic content. Pictures have emerged of a Roma teenager who was beaten and left for dead in a supermarket trolley in France.
According to the Daily Mail, vigilantes kidnapped the 16-year-old boy, known as Darius, from the camp he shares with his family on the outskirts of Paris.
The gang rang Darius' mother demanding a €12,000 ransom for his return.
When the ransom was not paid the thugs bashed Darius before dumping him in a shopping trolley and leaving it on the roadside.
Paris doctors have placed the youth in a medically induced coma following the brutal assault.
Police confirmed to the Daily Mail that Darius was set upon on Friday night by a "dozen masked men on waste ground".
The boy's mother has told detectives that she received a call from the vigilantes on his abandoned mobile phone.
Local prosecutor Sylvie Moisson said the Roma boy was held in a basement by men wearing masks after he was linked to a burglary.
Ms Moisson said it was an act of barbarism and that Darius was "quickly hunted, kidnapped, held, beaten and left to die".