A Casper man beat a teenage boy in a videotaped and unprovoked assault that left the child bloodied, Mills police said in a Monday statement.
The agency said video of Nick L. Fenton, 18, of Casper, beating the child circulated on social media platforms over the weekend. At least one popular Facebook page that largely provides satirical comment about Casper had shared the video but had removed it by Saturday night, noting that a family member of the victim had requested its removal.
The agency’s statement references the victim as approximately 14 or 15 years old, but does not further identify him. The Star-Tribune has not reviewed the video.
According to the agency statement, Mills police and Natrona County sheriff’s deputies began investigating the case early Saturday morning, after multiple people reported an assault at a Mills house and the existence of the video. When law enforcement arrived at the house, they found Fenton. While Fenton was detained, law enforcement found blood in the street. Fenton told investigators he did not know about an assault, according to the statement.
The video shows Fenton confronting the boy and, without provocation, hitting him in the face and knocking him to the ground, according to the Mills police statement. Fenton kicked the victim in the face and and abdomen until he could no longer get up, the statement alleges. Fenton then took the boy’s shoes and belt, which he used to beat the child, according to the statement. Investigators found a pair of blood-stained shoes nearby, according to the statement.
Officers booked Fenton into jail later that morning. Mills police have suggested prosecutors charge Fenton with a misdemeanor count of alcohol possession and two felonies: robbery and child abuse. The Natrona County District Attorney’s office is expected to announce its charging decision on Monday afternoon in circuit court.