Child Abuse Charges Filed Against Winter High School Student
A 17-year old Winter High School student has been charged with feloniously causing bodily harm, physical abuse of a child, for an altercation on a school bus that resulted in a 13-year-old having a fractured hand.
William Brown, of Winter, is accused of squeezing the child’s hand tight enough to fracture it on October 25, 2017, on the bus after school.
According to the complaint, the mother of the child said her son was on his way home when Brown allegedly assaulted him. She said her child was in pain and his hand was black and blue.
“He stated he was trying to get a ball away from one of the girls, the ball went down the aisle towards Brown,” the complaint stated. “Brown refused to give the ball back. The child said when he tried to get the ball back, Brown squeezed his hand so hard that it hurt.
The deputy who took the complaint said the hand appeared discolored on both sides near the thumb and pinky. The knuckle at the base of the middle finger was also swollen and raised, according to the complaint.
The deputy met with Brown the following day at the school. According to the complaint, Brown did not know he hurt the child.
Brown said he squeezed the child’s hand because he was trying to hit Brown in the groin, the complaint said.
Brown said he was the one trying to get the volleyball away from the child and give it back to a girl on the bus, but when he did, the child tried to him in the groin with a notebook, according to the complaint.
According to Winter School Principal, Adam Zopp, he spoke with several other students on the bus who said the child tried to get the ball back from Brown and they started to argue back and forth, and wrestle for the ball, at which point, the child attempted to hit Brown in the groin with a notebook. The complaint said that Brown then squeezed the child’s hand and tried to get the notebook away from him.
On October 27, the deputy received the medical report from the child’s visit to Rusk County Memorial Hospital on October 25, stating the child had suffered a, “small mildly displaced fracture.”
Brown has his initial appearance in December at the Sawyer County Courthouse on the felony child abuse charges.
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