Monday, February 1, 2010

Dad charged with abusing 11-year-old son; sentenced in 2009 to abusing infant son (Ambridge, Pennsylvania)

Dad VICTOR L. BOWSER is not fit to be around children. Period.

Back in 2006, Daddy shook his then 11-month-old son. Of course, he initially lied about it with the usual cock-and-bull story these guys always have. That child has lasting brain damage. For which Daddy was sentenced last year, although just for endangering a child and lighter charges like that, not for aggravated assault. Dad mostly seems to be getting probation and counseling for that.

Guess all that that counseling and the like didn't make a very big impression though, because now Daddy is charged with assault against his 11-year-old son. Seems he smacked him in the mouth, causing swelling and bleeding. The child has reported other beatings to the authorities as well. Neighbors report hearing Dad screaming and swearing at the kids a lot, along with "smacks and punches," which is not exactly a surprise.

As for Mom, she reportedly works long hours and isn't home much. Makes me wonder if Dad works at all. Frankly would't surprise me if he's one of those "stay-at-home" (read: unemployed abuser-loser) dads.

Ambridge man faces abuse charge
By: Larissa Theodore and Bill VidonicBeaver County Times
Saturday January 30, 2010 08:58 AM

An Ambridge man is facing charges that he abused his 11-year-old son.

It’s the second time that Victor L. Bowser, 25, has been accused of injuring one of his children, according to Ambridge and Aliquippa police. Last year, Bowser was sentenced to between three months and two years in jail for injuring his infant son by shaking him in 2006.

In the most recent case, Bowser, of 121 Locust St., Apartment 2B, Ambridge, was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and harassment. According to a criminal complaint by Ambridge patrolman Timothy Depenhart, police received an anonymous tip Wednesday that Bowser struck his 11-year-old son and caused the boy’s mouth to swell and bleed.

Through further investigation, Depenhart learned that the boy, a student at Highland Elementary School, didn’t show up for school that day, police said.

Police said the officer then went to the child’s home but didn’t find anyone there. Residents in the apartment building told police they hear a lot of fighting and screaming going on in the home and children crying loudly while Bowser screams and swears at the children, police said. They said at times, smacks and punches can be heard, Depenhart said.

Police contacted Beaver County Children and Youth Services and explained the situation. On Thursday, police and a caseworker visited the boy’s school and interviewed the boy, who had come to class, police said.

The 11-year-old told police he and his smaller brother were wrestling when Bowser told them to stop. Police said the brothers stopped wrestling, but a few minutes later, started up again. That’s when Bowser became angry, screamed at them and grabbed the child by the face, pulling and cutting his lip, police said.

The child said on other occasions, his father beats him hard with a belt, Depenhart said. The child drew a picture of his face and put small black circles on it, describing the marks as bruises “my dad did to me,” Depenhart said. Toward the end of the interview, police said the boy appeared to be afraid to go home because of the consequences he might face for talking to authorities.

Police said officers went to the home and asked the family to come to the police station. Police said the boy’s mother, Aleece Bowser, told police she works a lot and hadn’t seen any abuse. Police also interviewed Bowser, who was then arrested.

In 2006, Bowser took his then-11-month-old son to a hospital, saying he tripped over toys and fell onto his baby, injuring him. At that time, the family lived in Aliquippa.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh said the baby was shaken. The baby had lasting brain injuries, police said.

In April, Judge Richard Mancini convicted Bowser of endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and reckless endangerment. Mancini pronounced Bowser not guilty of a count of aggravated assault.

Two months later, Mancini sentenced Bowser, who did not have a prior criminal record, to jail, followed by two years’ probation. Records weren’t available Friday evening stating when Bowser was released from jail.

Last year, Bowser’s defense attorney said he had been undergoing counseling sessions through Beaver County CYS.

Bowser remained in the Beaver County Jail Friday after failing to post $20,000 cash bond set by District Judge Andrew Hladio.