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Football Coach Accused Of Hitting Utah Boy In Game

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah authorities say a youth football coach stepped off the sidelines and struck a 13-year-old player with his forearm late in a tied game, giving the boy a concussion.

Police Sgt. Lance Smith says video from Saturday's game shows 38-year-old Nathan Harris intentionally knocking the boy down. Smith says witnesses also say that Harris hit the player.

Harris hasn't been charged, but police in Payson about an hour south of Salt Lake City have arrested him for investigation of felony child abuse.

Attorney Dean Zabriskie says the boy accidentally crashed into Harris. He says police are relying too heavily on a grainy video and testimony from witnesses who were standing far away.

Smith says the boy will miss a month of playing time.

Source: Associated Press


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