1st court appearance for Granger man accused of punching 4-year-old, threatening president


A 25-year old Granger man accused of punching a 4-year-old made his first court appearance today.

Eric Parks is charged with batteryandintimidation, both Class D felonies.

St. Joseph County Police arrested Parks last Tuesday at Martin's Supermarket on Adams Road in Granger after he was creating a scene and attacked a young boy waiting in the checkout lane.

During his arrest Parks claimed federal government agents were after him and he threatened to kill President Barack Obama.

Court documents show the suspect told officers that he was a sex slave for the federal government and that "people would pay for what they had done to him."

Local authorities notified the Secret Service, who are now conducting their own investigation.

Court documents say Parks attacked the 4-year-old little boyleaving him with a swollen knot about his left eye, a bump on the back of his head and a bloody nose from being punched in the face.

Police also say Parks threatened the arresting officer while being taken to jail.

Investigators say Parks repeatedly yelled at the office saying that once he got out he would kill the office and his family.

We're told Parks did admit to using synthetic marijuana the day he attacked the boy.

Court documents also show that Parks encouraged police to look at this Facbook page to "see the truth."

The arresting officer noted that within 8 hours of the incident at the grocery store Parks had made posts about injuring children, killing President Obama, and that the Secret Service was after him and he would kill them.

Because of these threats and the threat against the President the judge in the case set his bond at $1 million.

We didreach out to theParks family for comment, but they declined.

St. Joseph County Policetell WSBT News, sofar Parks has been well-behaved in jail and they haven't had any reported issues.

He returns to court in early May for an initial hearing.