HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) – Court records say a Chesterton man used his 2-year-old son as a human shield in a fight with two park rangers.
Joshua Don Young refused to pour out his beer at a federal campground May 3. Alcohol is prohibited at the Dunewood Campground in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where the rangers found Young with his child.
Young’s refusal to cooperate sparked an altercation. The records show Young took one ranger’s baton and hit both rangers in the head with it. After pepper spray failed to subdue Young, a ranger drew her gun.
The documents say that’s when Young grabbed his son and held the boy in front of his body.
Young was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond and charged with two counts of assaulting federal officers.