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The crime scene runs next to a series of side-by-side homes on Dufferin Avenue and into the back lane north of the street. (Sean Kavanagh/CBC)

Two 15-year-olds face charges after a man was hit with a baseball bat as he tried to save his daughter from being attacked in Winnipeg's north end Wednesday night.

The father, 48, remains critical condition in hospital.

The man suffered serious head trauma after being hit numerous times with a baseball bat as he went to his daughter's aid just after 11 p.m. behind a house in the 400 block of Dufferin Avenue.

Police said two boys, both 15, were after someone else when they got into a confrontation with the 18-year-old woman and her father. She was also hit with the bat, but she has been treated and released from hospital.

Neighbour Roderick Pelletier heard a commotion and someone shout: "My Dad!"

He's disturbed by the violent and unprovoked nature of the attack.

"That's not right. Why would some young guy do that to an older person?"

Police arrested two boys, age 15, and charged them with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and possession of a dangerous weapon. One of them also is charged with failing to comply with a court sentence.