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Police: Montana man assaults boy who kept hat on during anthem
ABC 13 News
by Ida Domingo
August 8th 2019
Officials say the child had blood coming from his ears, a concussion and a fractured skull...SUPERIOR, Mont. (WSET) -- Police have charged a man with assault after a witness said he threw a 13-year-old boy to the ground because the boy didn't remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo.
CNN reports that Curt James Brockway, 39, was arrested and charged with felony assault on a minor, according to an affidavit filed in district court in Mineral County on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The incident happened on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Mineral County Fairgrounds in the town of Superior after the boy responded rudely when the man asked him to take his hat off, according to court documents.
Brockway told police the boy was wearing a hat as the National Anthem began, and he asked him to remove it because it was disrespectful to wear during the anthem, but the boy responded by saying "f*** you," according to the affidavit.
Brockway said he then grabbed the boy by his throat, lifted him into the air, before slamming the boy into the ground, the affidavit said.
Witnesses of the alleged incident confirmed most of Brockway's description of events, but one woman said she did not hear him ask the boy to take off his hat, according to records.
Officials say the child had blood coming from his ears, a concussion and a fractured skull,
The child's mother, Megan Keeler, told CNN affiliate KPAX that she received a phone call shortly after dropping off her son at the fairgrounds that he was being taken to a local hospital.
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