North Arlington Man Charged with Child Endangerment for Allegedly Biting Young Child on Leg
According to prosecutors in the case, the 39-year-old suspect committed the shocking act at an unspecified location.
The child talked with school staff members and informed them of the incident. The school workers then called the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The agency reached out to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which immediately started an investigation into the allegations.
The North Arlington Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit collaborated on the subsequent investigation.
Once investigators obtained enough evidence, they arrested the suspect and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of the very serious criminal offense, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, endangering the welfare of a child is classified as a felony-level crime. Depending on the nature of the underlying offense, the suspect could be charged with a second degree felony and receive a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Sometime after being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect posted a $50,000 cash bond and secured his release from police custody.
Authorities believe that the victim knows the suspect in some capacity; however, the exact nature of their relationship has yet to be disclosed by law enforcement. While the charges are pending and the suspect remains free on bail, he will be prohibited from any contact with the alleged victim.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Accused of Biting Child’s Leg.”