Man accused of kicking toddler in Wichita store ‘racist rant’ says he was drunk

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The man accused of kicking a 1-year-old African-American child at a Dillons appeared in court for the first time Monday. 

Trace Riff, 31, was arrested for the incident on December 23 and booked into jail again on Jan. 3 for possession of drugs. 

A list of charges for both cases was read off by the judge. Riff walked into the  courtroom mumbling, admitting he was drunk, and tripped over the child. 

According to the mother of the child, Riff kicked her son and yelled racial slurs at her. 

Police said Riff attempted to flee but was tackled by another customer in the store until officers arrived. 

Riff has been charged with attempted aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and interference with law enforcement in this case.

In the drug possession case, Riff is charged with unlawful use of a toxic vapor, criminal trespass and possession of methamphetamine.

Here is what he said in court. 

“I just tripped over somebody. I don’t know. I was drunk,” said Riff. “I was just walking through Walmart.”

Riff referred to being at Walmart. He was arrested at Dillons. He is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on $100,000 bond. 

The Anti-Defamation League has called on authorities to investigate the case as a hate crime. 

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