Man accused of punching boy in mouth because lawn wasn't mowed p - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Man accused of punching boy in mouth because lawn wasn't mowed properly

Donald W. Freeman (Source: Scott Co. Sheriff's Office) Donald W. Freeman (Source: Scott Co. Sheriff's Office)

A Sikeston, Missouri man is accused of punching and choking a juvenile on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Donald W. Freeman, 42, was charged with second degree felony domestic assault.

According to Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies responded to a domestic assault in progress in the 100 block of Stockton on Wednesday. Deputies arrived and found a boy in the front yard bleeding from his head, nose and mouth.

Deputies say the boy told them Freeman assaulted him.

He told deputies that Freeman was mad at him because the yard had not been mowed properly. He said he left the home when Freeman charged at him with a closed fist.

The boy told deputies when he returned home, Freeman punched him in the mouth. He said he fell to the ground and Freeman hit him several more times.

When the boy stood up, Freeman allegedly hit him again, causing him to fall through a single pane window and scratch his neck. Freeman then allegedly placed the boy in a "choke hold," and the boy nearly lost consciousness.

Deputies say the boy was taken to a hospital and later released with a fractured nose and cuts to his head and mouth.

When Freeman was asked about the assault, he allegedly said, "I punched him right in the mouth because there is only so much a person can stand."

Deputies say Freeman also admitted to hitting the boy.

Freeman was arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail. His bond was set at $10,000 cash only and no contact with the victim.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly