A large fight in Racine on Wednesday night led to a felony charge filed against a 19-year-old Racine man Friday in Racine County Circuit Court.

David Lee Ferrell faces a felony charge of physical abuse of a child, which carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison, along with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of
$1,000 and 90 days in county jail.

Ferrell made his initial appearance in court Friday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to Magic Dollar, 1007 Washington Ave., at 8:05 p.m., for a large group of people fighting and in possession of tasers, bats, sticks and pepper spray.

When they arrived on scene, police located 40 to 50 people in the roadway of 10th Street and Hilker Place. As they approached, several people involved ran in all different directions.

Police spoke to a 14-year-old girl, who stated she was hit in the head with a hammer and pepper sprayed by the defendant. Video footage on a cell phone showed the girl being hit and pepper sprayed.

Police identified Ferrell through his license plate and apprehended him Thursday. He admitted to possessing the hammer but denied hitting the girl with it.

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