A man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent following an attack on a man who was repeatedly kicked in the face.
The 36-year-old victim from Darlington was found lying in Catherine Street, in the town, on Tuesday afternoon.
A 31-year-old from Cumberland Street, Darlington, has been charged over the attack and will appear before magistrates on Friday.
A second 31-year-old was earlier released on police bail.
Police said on Thursday the victim remained in a serious condition in hospital.