North Arlington NJ Man Allegedly Bites Child on Leg, Charged with Child Endangerment
According to Bergen County prosecutors, the 39-year-old suspect bit the victim on the leg while the two of them were at an undisclosed location.
The child reported the alleged violent incident to school staff, which then notified the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The agency alerted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which initiated an investigation.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the North Arlington Police Department collaborated on the investigation into the suspect.
The suspect was eventually placed under arrest and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is convicted on the child endangerment charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, endangering the welfare of a child is a felony-level offense. Depending on the precise circumstances of the case, the suspect could be charged with a second degree crime and face a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect secured his release from police custody by posting a $50,000 cash bond.
Authorities said that the victim knows the suspect; however, the exact relationship between the two has not yet been disclosed by law enforcement. The suspect will not be allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim while the criminal charges are pending.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Accused of Biting Child’s Leg.”