A Billings man accused of punching his 7-year-old son in the face three days before Christmas was charged Friday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.
Eric Arthur Wick, 35, appeared by video from the county jail on a felony charge of assault with a minor. His bond was set at $30,0000.
According to court records, police were called to the Alpha House pre-release center Thursday when staffers there reported a possible domestic violence incident. The staff told an officer that Wick, an inmate at the center, had assaulted his son during a visitation leave on Dec. 22.
The officer spoke with Wick's wife and children, including his 12-year-old daughter and the 7-year-old boy. They said Wick was holding the boy down to control a tantrum when the boy kicked his father.
Wick then allegedly slapped the boy in the face, grabbed him by the shirt and "reared back and punched (the boy) in the face with a closed fist," court records state.
The boy later told the officer that "this happens a lot and that he does the same thing to his mother and sister."
Wick is serving time for felony criminal endangerment. He was convicted for an incident in 2009 in which he led Billings police on a dangerous high-speed chase in a sports car he had taken out for a test drive.