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Cops: Halloween clown dangles child from bridge

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Posted at 8:49 AM, Oct 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-31 08:54:43-04

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KENOSHA, Wisc. (WITI) – Antonio Brown, 33, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was charged with multiple felonies for allegedly dangling a boy from an overpass. Brown is also accused of forcing two boys to drink alcohol. He is charged with physical abuse of a child and second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Antonio Brown, 33, of Kenosha, Wisconsin

Antonio Brown, 33, of Kenosha, Wisconsin

Brown had been out with his girlfriend at a Halloween party and returned to her Kenosha home around 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, according to the criminal complaint.

Once home, and still wearing clown makeup from the party, police said he told his girlfriend’s 13-year-old and eight-year-old sons that “he wanted to go for a walk on the train tracks.”

They had apparently done this in the past — and the boys joined Brown.

The complaint indicated the boys noticed Brown was “acting strange and that (Brown) had brought a bottle of unknown alcohol on the walk.”

One of the boys told police Brown was drinking from the bottle of alcohol and made them drink it too. One of the boys said Brown “made him drink so much that he threw up.”

The younger son then started to “become afraid and wanted to go home and this made (Brown) angry,” according to the criminal complaint. When the boys tried to run away on the railroad tracks, Brown caught the older boy “on top of the overpass, grabbed him, picked him up and hung him upside down from the overpass stating, ‘If you try that again, I’m going to drop you,'” according to police.

The criminal complaint said officers were dispatched to the neighborhood when neighbors heard screaming. The officers found Brown and the two boys, who were “crying uncontrollably,” behind a section of tall bushes. Officers noted a “strong odor of intoxicants coming from the defendant’s breath.” Brown also had slurred speech.

If convicted of the charges, Brown faces up to ten years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

He is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, November 5.