According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a Hastings man was arrested for strangling and punching his younger brother in the face. From what I know about brothers fighting, this seems fairly normal and could be considered ‘boys will be boys’ depending on the unknown age of the younger brother.
From the complaint:
On April 12, 2013, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Hastings police officers were dispatched to a residence on 6th Street West in the City of Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota, on the report of an assault. The call reported that it sounded like a young male was screaming for help.
Upon arrival in the area, officers observed two males walking east from the location and they were able to identify one of the males as Bryce Tyrese Nixon, date of birth 7-10-93, hereinafter referred to as Defendant. Defendant stated he was watching his little brother at the house when his little brother got out of hand so he held him down and left the residence to cool down. The second individual was identified as Tyler Lee Bowers, date of birth 6-17-92, who had an outstanding warrant and was taken into custody on that.
Defendant gave a more detailed statement but he continued to deny that he had struck his younger brother or done anything other than hold him down. He stated that his younger brother had pushed him in the chest and then he got on top of him to calm him down.
Officers then spoke with the younger brother who reported that Defendant told him to move from where he was sitting watching TV and when the younger brother refused, Defendant pushed him onto the floor and then grabbed him by the feet, dragging him from the living room towards the bedroom. The younger brother began to struggle, Defendant dropped on top of him and punched him three times in the face with a closed fist. Defendant then continued dragging his younger brother into the bedroom where he used both is hands to choke his younger brother for a period of two to four seconds. The younger brother said that he had lost the ability to breathe because his airway had been restricted during the time he was being choked. Officers were able to observe swelling on the victim’s left eye and marks on his neck.
Being that I am an only child and never had experiences like this with a sibling, I can only rely on the stories of others many of whom recount similar situations during fights with male siblings. While this certainly may be an on-going issue that is more one-sided than not, do you think this is simply a normal occurrence in the house with the siblings routinely fighting? Did you fight with your siblings in a physical manner? Would you have ever called the police about neighbors’ kids fighting?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.