Two men accused of forcing two boys, ages 7 and 8, to fight each other at a baby shower face felony charges.
David J. Stott, 28, of Harvard, Illinois, and Anthony R. Deleon, 29, of W6132 State Line Road, Walworth, are charged in Walworth County Court with two counts of party to physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct.
In addition, Stott is charged with two counts of party to failure to act to prevent bodily harm to a child.
The charges are related to an incident in September when Stott attended a baby shower at Deleon’s home, according to a criminal complaint.
Two boys told a Walworth County deputy that Stott and Deleon forced the two to fight each other under a tent in the back yard. The men threatened to beat the two boys if they didn’t fight each other, according to a criminal complaint.
The younger boy was told to push the older one to the ground, and Deleon, who was “coaching” him, told him to jab and kick the other boy in the face. Deleon told the boy to “throw in a couple of kicks or I’ll beat you,” according to the criminal complaint.
During the fight, the two men encouraged the boys to throw chairs at each other. The older one was told to hit the younger one with a chair. At one point, the boys agreed to stop fighting each other but were threatened with a beating if they didn’t continue. The fight was declared over when the older boy’s nose started bleeding, according to the complaint.
The older boy told deputies the younger boy “was shaking like a leaf and started crying” when they dropped him off at his mother’s house, according to the complaint.
Deleon gave the younger boy $10 after the fight because he had “won the fight,” according to the criminal complaint.
Later the same day, the boys were taken to the police department with their mothers. The deputy reported “he observed visible bruising” on both of the boys faces, arms and bodies. In addition, both had black eyes beginning to form, according to the complaint.
Both boys knew the two men. The younger boy told deputies Stott had 20 beers at the party and crashed into a sign, according to the complaint.
Deleon and Stott are scheduled to appear in Walworth County Court on Thursday, Feb. 22.