Hackensack New Jersey Man Accused of Assaulting Child, Charged with Child Endangerment
According to prosecutors, the 40-year-old suspect caused bruises to the back and forehead of the 6-year-old victim.
Authorities indicated that the suspect is a mechanic. It is believed that the suspect knew the victim prior to the incident.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation into the suspect’s conduct after receiving a report of the boy’s injuries.
A detective with the prosecutor’s office’s Special Victims Unit conducted an interview of the victim. According to authorities, the victim gave the investigator a detailed description of the alleged incident which resulted in his injuries.
Following the preliminary investigation, police arrested the suspect. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the very serious child endangerment charges, he could face severe penalties. N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4 typically classifies endangering the welfare of a child in cases involving child abuse as a third degree criminal offense. Third degree felonies can potentially result in a sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, there is usually a presumption of non-incarceration for first-time offenders.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect in this case was taken to the Bergen County Jail. He was being held there on a $50,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Hackensack Man Injured 6-Year-Old Child, Authorities Say.”