A 24-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.
Anthony M. Larson faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, Larson punched a 17-year-old boy in the head during an incident on Oct. 11 in a driveway of a residence in the town of Clayton.
The 17-year-old fell and struck his head on the blacktopped driveway, according to the complaint.
The 17-year-old was woken up by others at the scene and was taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital where he received stitches to close a laceration to his face. He told investigators that he was very dizzy, with a very bad headache and had been bleeding from the mouth and head, according to the complaint.