Man accused of punching child over chicken left out

Man accused of punching child over chicken left out

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of repeatedly punching a child, reportedly over chicken left out on a counter, faces cruelty and other charges.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Chancey Knighten, 33, of Baton Rouge, allegedly punched a 5-year-old in the forehead Sunday, causing the back of the child's head to hit a wall.

"The 5-year-old's head crushed a hole in the sheetrock as a result of the impact," the probable cause report stated.

According to reports, Knighten also hit the 5-year-old and an older child with a belt, which left welts "up and down the front and back of their legs."

Investigators said after the mother returned home and saw the 5-year-old had three knots on the head and was throwing up blood, she took the child to a pediatric clinic.

Reports indicate the child was diagnosed with a concussion.

According to authorities, Knighten tried to run away from them and even "punched the Police K9 in the head several times in an effort to injure the dog."

They stated after a struggle, officers were able to handcuff Knighten and take him into custody. They added he appeared to be highly intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

Knighten was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday on charges of cruelty to juveniles (2 counts), resisting an officer, battery on an officer and attempt injuring of a police dog.

Jail officials reported he was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

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