2010-10-28 / Front Page

Man Arrested For Assault With Stick

Woman, two children victims of beating
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER
A Warfordsburg area man remains incarcerated in the Franklin County Prison this week on allegations he severely beat two small children with a stick.

Dale Newton Dale Newton Dale Arnold Newton of 15427 Buck Valley Road, Apt. 4, was arraigned on Friday, October 22, before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott on six counts of simple assault; two counts each of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person; and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bail for Newton was set at $150,000.

In charging documents, investigating officer Cpl. William Baker of the McConnellsburg state police barracks maintains Newton struck the 2-year-old boy and the boy’s 4- year-old sister with a broken wooden stick as well as his hands.

The 25-year-old man is also accused of punching the children’s mother in the chest, pushing her onto the floor, kicking her in the head and side of the body and striking her in the face with a pack of cigarettes, Cpl. Baker states in the complaint.

The injuries to the siblings were discovered after the 24-year-old mother headed out for work last Thursday at 2 p.m. Approximately six hours later, the children’s grandmother arrived to pick up the kids, who had been left in Newton’s care, the affidavit said. The children were given a bath, which allowed the grandmother to observe various physical injuries that were photographed and documented at Fulton County Medical Center that evening.

Both children had extensive severe bruising, said the affidavit. Specifically, the 2-year-old male suffered “fresh bruising to both ears and his face” and also had several older bruises on his face, lower back, chest and biceps. His groin was also swollen from recent physical injury, the charging documents state.

In addition, documents show the girl recently suffered bruising on her legs and buttocks and an apparent recent bruise to her head and forehead.

The children, Baker said, told troopers they had been hit with a wooden stick. The girl also informed investigators her brother had previously been picked up by his ears and shaken and by his feet and legs.

The children implicated Newton as being responsible. The alleged assaults are believed to have occurred between August and October 21.

Both the mother and Newton were interviewed by state police, who learned Newton would supervise the children and physically strike them when necessary. Newton also told police he would “bust” the boy’s butt when he was bad but he had never hit him with a stick as the “boy bruises really easy.”

State police were assisted in their investigation by officials from Fulton County Services from Children.

Newton’s preliminary hearing has been tentatively set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 1, in Fulton County Central Court.

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