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Man accused of hitting boy in Richland library

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PROSSER, Wash. - A 76-year-old man in Washington state faces a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of hitting an autistic boy in a library.

Frank Teverbaugh appeared in Benton County District Court on Wednesday. His case was continued until December to give his lawyer more time. Teverbaugh is accused of striking the 7-year-old boy who was having a "meltdown" in the Richmond library Aug. 14.

The boy was kicking and screaming as his mother and caretaker were trying to take him outside. The mother says Teverbaugh backhanded her son, giving him a bloody nose, then hit him a second time on the back.

The retired coach says he did not hit the boy in the face, but only tried to swat the boy on the rear after the boy struck him first.