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Neighbor accused of throwing rocks at children
8/7/2012 6:18:00 PM
COTTONWOOD -- A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of assault of a child under 15 years old. The family friend reportedly had thrown a rock and hit two girls on South Seventh.
The mother of the two girls said she had just returned from the hospital. Her 14-year-old said she and her 2-year-old sister were outside their apartment when Brian Powell walked up and began playing with the younger girl. The 2-year-old ran up to the older girl and she heard Brian say, "Don't throw rocks at me." He then picked up a rock and threw it at the girls from six feet away. The rock hit the 14-year-old and caused her to "black out" and bleed.
She got up and walked into the family apartment with Brian following, yelling profanities.
The oldest girl was diagnosed with a hematoma on her head and the younger one had an abrasion on her foot.
The mother said she did not want to file charges against Powell, whom she had known for 16 years, but wanted to report the incident in case CPS was notified.
Powell was told that the woman did not want to prosecute, but that since it was a felony to assault a child, the state would press charges.
Powell was arrested, charged with two counts of assault of a minor under 15 and one count of using a weapon (rock) during an assault.
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