A Montana man is facing assault charges after he allegedly slammed a boy to the ground, reportedly for wearing a hat during the national anthem.
ABC 11 reports that a 13-year-old boy was at the Mineral County Fair and Rodeo in Superior on Saturday when Curt Brockway allegedly attacked him in the Rodeo Arena. The boy’s mother had just dropped him off at the fair when the incident occurred.
“All of the sudden, dude come up and grabbed him by his neck, picked him up and threw him to the ground head first,” the boy’s mother, Megan Keeler said. “All the witnesses I have talked to said this was completely random. There was no exchange, nothing! He targeted Wally and took him down.”
First responders rushed the boy to a local hospital, where he was then airlifted and taken to the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Doctors determined that he had a skull fracture. He reportedly bled from one of his ears for six hours after the incident.
“It’s just a lot of pain in my head. I don’t remember anything – the rodeo – the helicopter – nothing,” the boy later told MTN News.
Although authorities haven’t released a motive in the incident, Taylor Hennick, who attended the event, said the attack happened right as the national anthem began to play.
“There was a little boy lying on the ground,” Hennick told the Missoulian. “He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent…..He (Brockway) said (the boy) was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that.”
Police arrested Brockway and charged him with assault. He has since been released from jail. His arraignment has been scheduled for August 14.
Montana Department of Justice records show that Brockway been charged with violence in the past.
The boy is now back at home and resting.
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[Feature Photo: ABC 11 Screenshot via MTN News]