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Dad charged with child abuse after spurring son to fight

6:11 PM, Nov 27, 2013   |    comments
Carl Nicks, 51, of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., faces felony charges after encouraging his son to fight then intervening when the son started losing. (Photo: Brevard County Jail)
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SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. - A plan for two 14-year-old boys to duke it out on a beachfront lot over a grievance became a three-man brawl when the father of the losing teen intervened.

Cellphone video shows a shirtless 6-foot-4, 245-pound man seizing one of the combatants, flinging him to the ground, grabbing his neck and punching him twice in the face. Carl Nicks, 51, of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., was arrested after the Friday incident and charged with felony child abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

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"It's just an unfortunate situation where you have adults that are encouraging children to settle their differences by violence. And I think that's terrible," Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeff Pearson said. "I think that's not the right thing to teach our kids."

Nicks was released from Brevard County Jail on $9,000 bond. His arraignment is Dec. 19.

The boys, who attend school in Satellite Beach, had a disagreement because one was bullying the other's sibling, Pearson said. So they agreed to meet and fight.

The fight attracted about 10 bystanders, and Nicks and his wife were the lone adults, the police chief said.

The couple encouraged the juveniles to fight, police reports show. When Nicks' son started losing the scuffle, Nicks is accused of stepping in, giving the other youth a red, swollen forehead, red marks on his neck, and cuts and abrasions.

In the spring, a Palm Bay, Fla., man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after video captured him intervening in a fight between his son and a 16-year-old boy. Gary Leroy Johnson Jr. punched and kicked the 16-year-old.

Rick Neale also reports for Florida Today.


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