Taylor Hennick told The Missoulian that Brockway said “he had every right to do that,” because the boy was disrespecting the anthem.

“There was a little boy lying on the ground,” she told the outlet. “He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent.”

The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Spokane, Washington, according to the sheriff’s office.

The child’s parents told KPAX that he continued bleeding from his ear for nearly six hours after the assault. He was treated for temporal skull fractures and later released from the hospital, the station reported.