Newton Waives Hearing
With a court reporter on-site and ready for a preliminary hearing, a Warfordsburg area man opted to waive his right to a hearing Monday regarding allegations he assaulted two small children with a broken wooden stick over a period of several months.
Dale Arnold Newton of 15427 Buck Valley Road, Apt. 4, appeared in Fulton County Central Court on November 22 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. Having waived the hearing, Newton will next appear in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for mandatory arraignment.
He remains incarcerated in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Investigating officer Cpl. William Baker of the McConnellsburg state police substation stated in charging documents Newton struck a 2-year-old boy and the boy’s 4-year-old sister with a broken wooden stick in addition to his hands. The 25-year-old man stands further 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, the affidavit of probable cause also said.
The injuries to the siblings were discovered by the childrenís grandmother in the hours after the 24- year-old mother left the kids in Newton’s care and went to work on October 21 at 2 p.m. The physical injuries, which were both extensive and severe, were photographed and documented at Fulton County Medical Center that evening.
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 area was also swollen from recent physical injury, the charging documents state. In addition, documents show the girl suffered recent bruising on her legs and buttocks and an apparent recent bruise to her head and forehead.
The alleged assaults are believed to have occurred between August and October 21.
Newton is represented in court proceedings by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard.