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Police investigate report that white man kicked black boy

December 28, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a report that a white man kicked a 1-year-old black child in the back at a Wichita grocery store and yelled racial slurs.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 29-year-old Lashantai Whitaker said in an interview Thursday that her son, Jhavii Fry, was walking through the store Sunday, holding his 11-year-old sister’s hand, when a man kicked the toddler from behind with his cowboy boot. Her son fell facedown. Whitaker says bystanders tackled the man as he yelled racial slurs.

A 31-year-old man was released on $3,500 bond hours after he was booked into jail on suspicion of ethnic intimidation, battery and resisting police. Court records show the man has spent time in a Kansas mental hospital and has a criminal history that includes drug crimes.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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