Friday, January 29, 2010

Dad arrested for beating 6-year-old son in public men's room (Steelton, Pennsylvania)

Note that the headline, like many of these headlines, is misleading. It wasn't a random "man" who stumbled across this child in a public men's room and started to abuse him. Oh, no. This was a DAD that was bashing the head of his 6-year-old son into the bathroom changing table.

In this case, Dad is identified as JOHQUAN AQUIL HALL. Daddy is now in jail and charged with simple assault and endangering the welfare of child.

Hat tip to Annie for finding this.,0,3927479.story

Man Arrested For Child Abuse At Colonial Park Mall
Witnesses report hearing the child screaming in the bathroom

Melissa Nardo Content Editor
12:35 PM EST, January 28, 2010

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP - Around 6:30 PM Lower Paxton Township Police were called to the Colonial Park Mall to investigate a report that a father had just physically abused his son in the men's room near the Food Court.

Upon arrival, officers met with Mall Security and witnesses who all heard the child screaming,

One of the witnesses then entered the men's room and had observed a man holding a male child up by the ankles, banging the child's head on the changing table, all while twisting the child's arm behind his back.

Based on witness accounts, and an officer observing and feeling a bump and bruise on the 6-year-old child's head, officers arrested the child's father.

Johquan Aquil Hall, 29, of Steelton, is now charged with Simple Assault and Endangering the Welfare of Children.

The child was turned over to the mother, who said she would be taking him to the hospital.

Hall was arraigned at Night Court by Magisterial District Judge Kenneth Lenker who set bail at $10,000. Hall was taken to Dauphin County Prison when he was unable to post bail.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lower Paxton Township Police Department at (717) 657-5656 or the Tip-Line at (717) 635-2606.