Man called boy he threw in traf­fic “the devil”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The Gazette

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.

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