Officials said a Louisiana pediatrician was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assaulting a Southern University student.
Baton Rouge police said the pediatrician, identified as 54-year-old Shane McKinney by police. McKinney is a pediatric emergency physician at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.
Ryan Cross, a spokesman for the hospital system, said on Thursday that McKinney had been placed on unpaid leave, pending an investigation.
“We take seriously the allegations leveled at one of our physicians and understand their seriousness,” the hospital system said in a statement.
A Baton Rouge police spokesman, Sergeant. L’Jean McKneely Jr., said a 22-year-old student, a black woman who is on the track team at Southern University, was walking along the lakes near the Louisiana State University campus at about 6:55 a.m. Monday when a man Punched him in the chest. And verbally assaulted her.
McNally said in a statement this week that the suspect fled the area soon after the incident.
Athletic Director, Roman Bank, Southern University Said on tuesday The school believes the incident was racially motivated. Southern is a historic black university.
McNally said Thursday that the student told police that his attacker carried out racial attacks on him, but that police did not have enough evidence to prove that the incident was racially motivated.
The University’s Deputy Athletic Director, Travian Scott, said in an interview Thursday that the school stands with its earlier statements based on the accounts of the student and a witness, both of whom refused to identify her.
An East Baton Rouge Parish Prison official said McKinney was released late Wednesday on his own identity card. It is not clear whether he has a lawyer. He did not immediately return a request for comment on Thursday.