Teen suffers skull fracture after man attacks him for wearing hat during national anthem

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Megan Keeler dropped her 13-year-old son off at the Mineral County Fairgrounds in Montana only to receive a call soon after about her son being transported to the hospital.

Apparently, 39-year-old Curt Brockway grabbed the boy by his neck throwing him to the ground where the teen suffered trauma to his head.

He’s deathly afraid of strangers. He doesn’t remember anything. All the witnesses I have talked to said this was completely random,” Megan explained. “There was no exchange – nothing! He targeted Wally and took him down.”

Mineral County Attorney Ellen Donohue claims the teen cursed at Curt after the boy was asked to remove his hat. Taylor Henneck witnessed the aftermath of the brutal attack.

“There was a little boy lying on the ground,” she explains. “He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent. He said (the boy) was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that,” Taylor said.

Curt said the boy wouldn’t remove his hat during the playing of the national anthem and he didn’t agree with that. The 13-year-old was flown to a hospital in Spokane where he was treated for a skull fracture, and bleeding.

It’s just a lot of pain in my head. I don’t remember anything – the rodeo – the helicopter – nothing,” the boy said.

The 39-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with a felony.

Curt was arrested and charged with assault on a minor, which is a felony. The state requested bond be set at $100,000, but a judge ruled he could be released on his own recognizance.

Curt pleaded guilty to an assault with a weapon charge in 2010. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars, but all 10 were suspended.

His mother wants compensation for damages and bills, she wants to see that Curt is put away for his crime and is focused on her son’s healing.

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