Man accused of hitting pranksters with bat

October 3, 2010 11:09:47 AM PDT
A children's prank turned violent when a north suburban homeowner allegedly grabbed a bat and started swinging. Police say two kids rang the doorbell and ran from a man at his home in Libertyville

Police say 37-year-old Todd Short chased after the 11- and 12-year-olds then hit both kids with a bat. He's now charged with assault and battery.

The kids were not seriously injured.