Man called boy he threw in traffic “the devil”
Bryant Jerel Hickcox allegedly called his 2-yearold cousin “the devil” after throwing him into oncoming heavy traffic Friday morning in Colorado Springs, arrest documents show.
The 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and attempted child abuse resulting in death, both felonies, court records show.
Timothy Hickcox wrote on Facebook about 3:20 a.m. Saturday that his son’s “drunken” cousin kidnapped the boy “and threw him in front of driving cars” on the busy street.
Hickcox wrote in the post illustrated with a photo of the diapered child sitting in a hospital bed, his arm covered in scrapes. “Luckily every car stopped so that Ben wasn’t … hit by a car.”
When police got to South Academy Boulevard and Airport Road shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, a person was holding the boy, who was wrapped in a blanket, arrest documents say. Bryant Hickcox had tried to run away but “was being surrounded by multiple people so he would not leave,” the documents say.
According to the documents, Christopher Willner, 42, was driving on South Academy when he saw something being thrown into the road and slammed on his brakes. Willner got out of his vehicle and saw Hickcox walk into traffic and try to pick up the boy. “That child is the devil,” he was saying, Willner told police.
Bryant Hickcox remains in El Paso County jail on $50,000 bond. He is expected to make his first appearance in court July 25.