Pa. man charged with endangering welfare of a child, assault

November 01, 2011

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault after police were called to Waynesboro Hospital for an injured toddler.

Patrick Aaron Smith, whose address is listed in online court records as Bethel Park, Pa., was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock. Court records indicate he was incarcerated in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail on $100,000 bail.

Smith was caring for a 17-month-old girl who had bruises and swelling on her forehead and face, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

She also had bruises on her torso and buttocks, police said.

Police said a hospital physician told them the child had injuries consistent with abuse. Police said the girl's mother claimed she fell down several steps, but the bruises were in various states of healing and did not fit with the explanation.

The mother allegedly told police she left her child in the care of her boyfriend at 18 S. Franklin St. when she went to work at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. Police said Smith called the woman at work and on a return call told her the girl had fallen on the sidewalk, causing her lip to swell and bleed.

On a later call, Smith allegedly said, "We had another accident," according to police.

He said he was cleaning the stroller when the girl fell down stairs, police said.

"The injuries observed were not consistent with a fall," police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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