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An 18 year old LaPorte man was taken into custody on Monday evening and charged with felony battery of a child less than 14 years old. LaPorte Police report the 18 year old was playing basketball with some children in the street, in the 16-hundred block of Stone Lake Drive, when he allegedly kicked the basketball into the street, upsetting the 7 year old victim who then yelled at the suspect. The suspect then allegedly yelled back at the child, called him an obscenity and shoved him backwards, causing the child to fall into the muddy street. The suspect denied kicking the basketball or shoving the child.
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