A Baton Rouge man, enraged by chicken left out on a counter, hit all four of his children and slammed his 5-year-old child’s head through a wall, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said.
Doctors at Our Lady of the Lake later diagnosed the 5-year-old, who vomited blood after the beating, with a concussion, a Sheriff’s Office report says.
The beatings started after 33-year-old Chancey Knighten noticed some chicken left out at his Harry Drive apartment, the police report says. He lined all four of his children up against the wall and interrogated them about who was responsible for leaving it out.
When none of the children — 10, 8, 5 and 3 years old — admitted to doing it, Knighten hit each on the forehead, knocking their heads back into the wall, the report says.
After Knight struck the blows, two of the children told their dad the 5-year-old was responsible, the report says, which the child denied. Knighten then punched the child so hard that the child’s head crushed a hole in the sheetrock while Knighten screamed not to lie.
Knighten continued to thump the 5-year-old with his fists and whipped both that child and the 10-year-old with a belt, the report says.
The children’s mother overheard part of the beatings after someone picked up the phone when she called Knighten’s house but didn’t say anything on the line. She came to the apartment to collect the children, noticed bruises and knots, and took them to the hospital.
A sheriff’s deputy who interviewed the children at the hospital noted that the 5-year-old was “lethargic and unable to speak” after the beating.
When deputies attempted to arrest Knighten at the apartment later Sunday, they wound up in a struggle with the father, who was found to be highly intoxicated the report says.
Deputies turned a police dog loose on Knighten, who punched the dog several times and who kicked at deputies as they tried to get him in handcuffs.
Knighten was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of cruelty to juveniles and one count each of resisting an officer, battery on an officer and attempting to injure a police dog.
He remained in jail Monday evening in lieu of $15,000 bail, according to Parish Prison records.