Football coach accused of hitting Utah boy in game

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah authorities say a youth football coach struck a 13-year-old player from the opposing team near the sideline late in a tied game, giving the boy a concussion.

Police Sgt. Lance Smith says video from Saturday's game shows 38-year-old Nathan Harris intentionally knocking the boy down. Smith says witnesses also say that Harris hit the player.

Harris hasn't been charged, but police in Payson — about an hour south of Salt Lake City — have arrested him for investigation of felony child abuse.

Attorney Dean Zabriskie says the boy accidentally crashed into Harris. He says police are relying too heavily on a grainy video and testimony from witnesses who were standing far away.

Smith says the boy will miss a month of playing time.

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