Child abuse alleged in Charleroi
A Charleroi man is in jail on charges he beat his 3-year-old daughter because she broke his cigarettes.
Derek T. Fragello, 25, of 601 Fourth St., was charged by Charleroi Regional Police with simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child for the alleged incident that occurred around midnight July 16.
Fragello is accused of using his hand to strike the girl on her buttocks and legs, causing bruising and swelling, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by police Lt. Eric Porter.
Police were contacted after the girl's grandmother noticed the bruises while she was swimming. The girl told her grandmother Fragello struck her after she broke his cigarettes, according to the affidavit.
Washington County Children and Youth Services were contacted and had the child examined and photographed at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
On Aug. 7, the girl and her 5-year-old brother were interviewed at the Washington County District Attorney's Domestic and Sex Crimes Unit. Both children said Fragello beat the girl. The girls' brother told investigators he told his father to stop hitting her, but “he wouldn't listen,” according to the affidavit.
Fragello turned himself in Tuesday after receiving the charges in a summons. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Fragello is scheduled to appear before Hopkins for a preliminary hearing at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 29.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at email@example.com.
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