The group told investigators Van Hassel then threw rocks and shouted expletives at them, KFYR reported. Investigators said he chased the group and was able to catch the 9-year-old boy. Van Hassel pushed the child into a truck and to the ground before repeatedly kicking him, investigators said. The boy lost consciousness during the attack, according to investigators.
The boy was taken to a hospital. Investigators said that, when they talked to him, he was unable to walk on his left leg and was in pain.