Cops: Man kicks boy in groin over dirty dishes

2013-09-25T12:00:00Z 2013-09-26T07:07:55Z Cops: Man kicks boy in groin over dirty dishesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 25, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

SOUTH HAVEN | A South Haven man faces a felony charge after allegedly kicked a boy in the groin -- saying he was upset with how the boy had cleaned some dishes.

John Amann Jr., 40, told the boy's grandmother he had "the right to do it," according to the police report.

The Porter County Sheriff's Department was contacted about 7 p.m. Tuesday by the grandmother who went to the 12-year-old boy's home to drop off an item and found the boy crying.

The grandmother told investigators she learned the boy had been kicked in the groin because of some dirty dishes. She confronted Amann, who defended his action, according to the police report.

The grandmother called authorities.

Amann, who weighs 265 pounds, told officers he was upset the dishes were not properly cleaned and he had "jokingly" kicked the boy, who weighs 135 pounds.

The boy told police Amann was upset because two pan lids still had grease on them after he washed them. The boy said Amann had threatened to give him a "twister," which involves pinching and twisting the skin near his arm pit, but instead kicked him in the groin.

The boy told police Amann often disciplined him with "twisters" or kicking him in the groin.

Amann was arrested and charged with battery a victim under age 14, which is a Class D felony. He was taken to Porter County Jail and issued a no-contact order. The case is being forwarded to Child Protective Services.

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