Montana - A Montana man allegedly slammed a boy's head to the ground at a county fair because the 13-year-old kept his hat on during the national anthem, a witness told local news outlets.
In a news release, Mineral County Sheriff Mike Boone said witnesses identified the suspect as 39-year-old Curt James Brockway. Brockway was apprehended at the fairgrounds, located in the western Montana town of Superior, and charged with assault on a minor - a felony.
The sheriff's office declined to provide additional information on the alleged assault, including motive. But Taylor Henneck, who attended the event, told local news outlets she overheard the attack near the Mineral County fairground entrance, just as the national anthem began to play.
The woman said she heard a "pop," and turned to see the boy writhing on the ground.
"He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent," Henneck told The Missoulian. As startled spectators closed on Brockway, Hennick said he offered a simple defense for his actions.