13-year-old suffers fractured skull after man assaulted him for wearing hat during national anthem


SUPERIOR, Mont. (CNN) — A 13-year-old boy is recovering after a brutal assault in Montana over the weekend.

Police say a man slammed the boy to the ground. According to witnesses, the man said he did it because the boy did not remove his hat during the national anthem.

Within minutes after dropping her son off at the Mineral County Fairgrounds, Megan Keeler says she received a phone call stating her son was on his way to the hospital.

Megan Keeler, the victim’s mother, said, “All of the sudden, dude come up and grabbed him by his neck, picked him up and threw him to the ground head first.”

The suspect, Curt Brockway, is accused of assaulting the 13-year-old.

The 13-year-old victim does not remember much about the incident but witnesses tell us Brockway grabbed him, picked him up and threw him on the ground at the Rodeo Arena just moments after he walked in.

Witnesses say Brockway tried to justify his actions, stating he said he did it because the boy was disrespecting the flag by not removing his hat during the national anthem.

Keeler said,  “All the witnesses I have talked to said this was completely random. There was no exchange nothing! He targeted Wally and took him down.”

The boy was flown to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane after receiving temporal skull fractures.

The parents tell us the child was bleeding from his ear for nearly six hours after the incident.

The boy has been released from the hospital and is back home where he will continue healing.

As for Brockway, he was arrested and made his initial court appearance on Monday in Mineral County.

The state requested his bond be set to $100,000, however, the judge ruled Brockway can be released on his own recognizance.

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