A pair of dead chickens appear to be the cause of a local man’s assault on a neighbor. The unanswered question is — who owned the deceased birds?
The 22-year-old alleged assailant was arrested by Carter County deputies Feb. 3 after he forced himself inside a neighbor’s Fernwood Road residence. The victim said the man came to her door about 4:15 p.m. “ranting” about two dead chickens in her yard. He then pushed his way into her house, hit her in the face and pushed her into her 9-year-old son before pushing her 8-year-old son onto a couch.
The man told deputies his reason for the attack was that the neighbor had dead chickens in her yard. However, he didn’t claim he owned the chickens nor offered any information concerning how the fowl had died, only that he was upset.
Misdemeanor charges, including two counts of assault and battery and one count of breaking and entering a dwelling without permission, were filed against the man Thursday in district court. He appeared before Special District Judge Carson Brooks who set bond at $500 and ordered the defendant to have no contact with the neighbor or her children.
He posted bond and was released from the Carter County Detention Center.