An unruly prisoner faces a contempt charge in addition to multiple counts of cruelty to children and battery, following a court hearing Monday.
Adam Hill, 23, is charged with two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree, one count of battery, one count of simple battery (family violence) and one count of theft by taking. He pleaded not guilty to all charges in Recorder's Court.
According to police testimony, the incident was sparked by an argument between Hill and his initial victim, a 26-year-old woman. She said in court that they were "going down the street screaming," when he allegedly snatched her cell phone out of her pocket.
Officers said things escalated from there: she fell; he allegedly punched her several times in the head.
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After leaving the scene, the woman bumped into Hill's second victim, who initially offered to let her use his cell phone to call police.
Afterward, she directed police to a second residence where police found Hill and his second victim, that same man, who had allegedly just been hit in the head with a hammer.
Both fled the scene. Hill was arrested a few blocks away; his victim was found at the nearby Dollar General.
Hill's niece and nephew were witnesses to the fight.
Hill disputed this account of events in court. He said he didn't take the cell phone, but was lent it in order to call his sister. He also said that he "didn't know the (second victim) from a can of paint," and added further that there was no fight with a hammer. The man fell in the street.
Judge Michael Cielinski initially set $2,500 bond for each count of cruelty to children, $1,000 for the simple battery (family violence), $1,000 for the theft by taking and $1,000 for the battery.
Upon hearing this, Hill responded, "That's some bulls---."
Judge Cielinski subsequently amended the charges to include one count of contempt, which Hill's attorney pleaded guilty to for an additional fine of $200.