A teenager has been charged after a one-punch attack at an out-of-control Melbourne party left a promising young soccer player in hospital.
Fifteen-year-old Jaiden is in a serious condition after being punched outside a registered party in Bayswater on Saturday night, where 300 partygoers and gatecrashers clashed.
A 16-year-old from South Melbourne was charged with recklessly causing serious injury and other assault-related offences after presenting himself at a police station on Tuesday.
Knox Superintendent Graeme Arthur said the incident was tragic but given the volatility of the circumstances, he did not think it could have been avoided.
He praised the actions of police who attended the Bayswater party, despite concerns raised about comments made by an officer that were broadcast on Fairfax radio.
An officer can be heard telling the crowd: "What do you want us to do? Walk through all that so that we get hit? No."
Supt Arthur said the comments were not appropriate and would be subject to a review, but they were made in the context of a volatile situation where the officer was put on the spot.
"He probably could have chosen better words," Supt Arthur told reporters.
The 16-year-old was bailed and will face the Victorian children's court.
Jaiden, whose family did not want his surname published, was placed in an induced coma with bleeding on the brain.
The condition of the Carrum Downs teenager had been upgraded from critical to serious, the Royal Children's Hospital said.