Man accused of kicking toddler in Wichita grocery store enters guilty plea

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Trace Riff (Sedgwick County Jail) Trace Riff (Sedgwick County Jail)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 31-year-old man accused of kicking a toddler at a Wichita grocery store while yelling racial slurs entered a plea deal Thursday. 

Lashantai Whitaker said that her 1-year-old son was kicked while his older sister was walking him through the Dillons at Douglas and Hillside in December 2018. 

Police say Trace Riff kicked the toddler in the back, causing the child to fall on the floor, while yelling obscenities and racial slurs. 

An employee tackled Riff to the ground and other workers held him down until police arrived. 

The boy was not seriously hurt. 

Riff was arrested and released on bond hours later. In January, Riff was charged with felony attempted aggravated battery, interference with law enforcement and two counts of disorderly conduct. 

Riff was arrested again on January 3 after officers responded to check apartment in the 1000 block of North Market after a neighbor reported the door had been forced open. Officers found Riff inside the vacant apartment and arrested him.

In that case, Riff was charged with criminal trespass, possession of meth and unlawful abuse of toxic vapors. 

In Thursday's hearing, prosecutors dismissed some of his charges in exchange for his plea. Riff entered an Alford plea, which although a guilty plea, means Riff asserts his innocence and admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to lead to conviction. 

Riff entered the plea to one count of attempted aggravated battery, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of unlawful abuse of toxic vapors, and one count possession of methamphetamine. 

Sentencing is scheduled for August. 

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