Anti-Defamation League calls for hate crime investigation into alleged kicking of Wichita toddler

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - The Plain States Region of the Anti-Defamation League today called on local authorities to investigate the alleged kicking of a 1-year-old African-American child by a 31-year-old man as a hate crime.

Trace Riff, 31, allegedly kicked Jhavii Fry in the back, while yelling racial slurs at the child's mother in a Wichita Dillon's store back on Dec. 23. Riff was arrested and bonded out of jail. Currently, he is facing misdemeanor charges over the incident. On early Thursday, Riff was booked into jail on suspicion of a controlled substance. 

"We are appalled that the suspect has been charged with only a misdemeanor in this assault on a child," ADL Plain States Regional Director Dr. Mary-Beth Muskin said. "We are offering our full support to help authorities bring hate crimes charges against this suspect."

The local chapter of the NAACP has referred to the incident as a hate crime and has called for it to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney has the case. 

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