Lincoln County authorities are asking the public’s help in finding a person who threw a water bottle at a toddler who was walking with his father along a road Tuesday night.
The 2-year-old boy suffered cuts and bruises on his face, including a 1 1/2-inch gash, from the bottle, authorities said.
The child’s father, Mike Hudson, said he took his son Sam for a walk about 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of Coral Drive. That is in a neighborhood east of Business U.S. 321, northeast of Lincolnton.
Hudson said a white Chevrolet Malibu approached in the northbound lane and slowed down. The driver of the Malibu then threw the half-filled bottle at the boy, striking him in the nose. Authorities said the driver of the Malibu continued northward, toward Springs East Road.
The boy was taken to CMC Lincoln for treatment, investigators said.
Deputies searched the area for the vehicle but did not find it. The driver was described as a white male in his early 20s, with dark hair. He was wearing a light gray or white T-shirt and was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Investigators said they recovered the water bottle and have taken fingerprints.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 704-732-9050, or Crime Stoppers, 704-376-8909. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information in the case.