A Springfield, Mass., parent has been charged with multiple offenses after being accused of punching the face of a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball coach and biting off part of the coach's ear.
Timothy L. Forbes, a 34-year-old Springfield resident, is accused of biting off part of a winning CYO coach's ear after the team Forbes was rooting for lost a championship children's basketball game on Friday at Holy Name School on Alderman Street in the city's Forest Park neighborhood.
As young players ranging in age from about 10 to 12 went onto the court to shake hands at the conclusion of Friday's game, Forbes struck the winning coach in the face and body with his fist, then bit off a piece of the man's left ear, Hampden Assistant District Attorney Marie Angers said.
Children were crying and knocked to the ground during the incident, according to Angers, who urged Springfield District Court Judge William J. Boyle to hold Forbes without bail.
Forbes has pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and mayhem, and will remain in jail until a hearing Friday determines whether he is "too dangerous to be released from custody."
The injured sixth-grade boys basketball coach underwent surgery to reattach his severed ear.
All Mr. Forbes' son lost was a game.