NEWTON, Kan. A Wichita boy caught on video hitting another 14-year-old during a basketball game has been charged with misdemeanor battery.
The case drew national attention after the father of the boy who was hit during the March 26 game in Newton released a home video to the media.
Harvey County Attorney David Yoder, who filed the charge Thursday, said the boy will be tried as a juvenile. Because of his age, the boy's name was not released.
Dale Vestal, whose son Coulter was playing for the Lawrence Jayhawks in a Mid America Youth Basketball tournament, released the video to the media because he said he was unhappy with the lack of action taken by prosecutors in the case.
The video shows Coulter and the player for the Wichita Showtime exchanging elbows as they run down the floor during the game. Then the Wichita player grabs Vestal around the neck and throws him to the court, pummeling the motionless teen before coaches from both teams intervene.
The boy could be sentenced to up to 28 days in a juvenile facility, Yoder said.