A white Florida man is facing charges after authorities say he attacked a Black child while hurling racial slurs at them on Monday evening (December 4), WFLA reports. Kim Nelson, of St. Petersburg, was arrested for child abuse, a third-degree felony, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies claim Nelson, 67, called the kid a slur several times on a public bus in front of passengers. When the bus arrived at a stop, the Florida man allegedly followed the victim off the bus and struck him in the left shoulder and upper left chest area. Police said the child suffered "discomfort and fear" following the attack.
Investigators revealed that Nelson didn't know the child, but the 67-year-old admitted to being aware of the victim's race before spewing slurs and assaulting him.
Nelson's bond was set at $10,000 and has since been released, according to online records.
This wasn't the first time a Florida man was caught in a racially-motivated crime this year. A Daytona Beach man was caught on camera calling a Black family a racial slur while threatening to burn their house down. Then, there was a man who hurled racial slurs at Black police officers and demanded a white cop to file a police report.