Latrobe man accused of hurting 2-year-old
A 22-year-old Latrobe man is accused of hurting his girlfriend's 2-year-old son on Aug. 26 by putting his hand over the crying boy's mouth to keep him quiet, Latrobe police said.
Cory D. Wojcik of 331 Pine St. was charged on Monday with endangering the welfare of children and simple assault in connection with injuries the boy suffered in the residence the suspect shares with the boy's mother, Jasim Anderson, 27, city police said.
The boy received a bruise on his face that extended down to his collarbone, police said in a criminal complaint filed with Unity District Judge Michael Mahady.
Wojcik told police he “went to the bar and got intoxicated,” and the boy awakened him by fussing at 4:30 a.m., according to a police affidavit. Wojcik told police he placed his hand over the boy's mouth until he was quiet and did not notice the bruising until he awoke later that day, it said.
The boy was placed in the custody of a relative after the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau was contacted, and he was examined at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital by Dr. Michael Zorch, Latrobe police Chief James Bumar said. Zorch believed the bruising was caused by an adult hand, police said.
The boy's father, Robert Mastowski, contacted police on Aug. 26 about his son's injuries after receiving text messages from friends, along with a photo of a large bruise on the left side of the tot's face. Police said they saw a large bruise on the boy's left cheek, neck and collarbone.
Wojcik initially told police that he did not know what caused the bruising. He allegedly told police he thought the boy had a rash or hurt his cheek on a broken window pane.
Wojcik is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 8 and faces a preliminary hearing on Nov. 19 before Mahady.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or email@example.com.