Case dropped against man who allegedly shouted slur at child

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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Prosecutors have dropped a case against a man who allegedly shouted threats and a racial slur at an 11-year-old boy in Wyoming.

Travis Mead, of Kentwood, was initially charged with ethnic intimidation in the case, which stemmed from a November 2015 incident at North Godfrey Elementary. Witnesses told police that he shouted the N-word at the boy and threatened to “beat his a**.”

Mead’s trial was slated to start Monday; however, the case was dismissed.

Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker told 24 Hour News 8 in an email Monday that prosecutors stopped pursuing the case because the victims were not cooperating. They missed two preparatory meetings and there was no answer at their house Monday when officers went there to collect them for court.

“We cannot proceed without their assistance,” Becker wrote.

He said prosecutors had to drop the case when the victims didn’t show up to court.

If convicted of ethnic intimidation, Mead could have spent up to two years in prison.

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