Hackensack NJ Man Allegedly Hit Child, Charged with Child Endangerment
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the 40-year-old suspect bruised the young boy in the back and forehead.
The suspect is reportedly a mechanic. Police said that the suspect knew the victim.
Authorities began an investigation after receiving a report of the injuries.
A detective with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit interviewed the victim. During the interview, the victim provided the investigator with a detailed description of the alleged incident.
After conducting a preliminary investigation, authorities placed the suspect under arrest. He has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the child endangerment charges, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, endangering the welfare of a child in cases involving child abuse is typically classified as a third degree felony. Although third degree felonies carry a potential prison term of 3–5 years, there is a presumption of non-incarceration for first-time offenders.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect in this case was transported to the Bergen County Jail. He was being held at the facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Hackensack Man Injured 6-Year-Old Child, Authorities Say.”