North Carolina man accused of punching child at mall

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina aren’t releasing details about the arrest of a man accused of pushing and punching an 11-year-old child during a fight outside a mall.

Asheville police said 51-year-old David Steven Bell of Black Mountain is charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under the age of 12 following the altercation outside Asheville Mall last weekend.

David Bell, 51, is charged with assaulting a girl under age 12 and two counts of assault on a female.
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Video footage shared on social media shows a man pushing a child. When the child approaches the man, he punches the child, knocking them to the sidewalk.

Police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse told the Asheville Citizen Times two 13-year-old girls said Bell pushed them as well, leading to charges of assault on a female. An incident report provided no details. Hallingse cited a state statue prohibiting the release of information involving a juvenile.