BRADFORD, Pa. – Police in Bradford, PA have charged a man with a violent assault on a 2-year-old boy that put the toddler in the hospital with serious injuries.
Officers were called to the Bradford Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, where they found the boy with visible red marks and bruising around his neck, and three red and swollen areas on the back of his head. The toddler was brought to the hospital by his grandfather, who police say reported to officers that the 2-year-old had been left with his daughter’s boyfriend, Olivar Gonzalez-Iriarte, before the injuries occurred.
According to police, the grandfather had confronted Gonzalez-Iriarte about these injuries as well as other injuries he had seen over the past couple of weeks, including a bruised foot and lump on the back of the boy’s head. In both cases, the grandfather says Gonzalez-Iriarte blamed these injuries on the boy’s 4-year-old sister.
Officers say the little girl was present while the grandfather questioned Gonzalez-Iriarte, and she told her grandfather she had not injured her brother, and that Gonzalez-Iriarte was responsible. The man became irate and demanded she tell the truth. But the 4-year-old was undeterred and again identified Gonzalez-Iriarte as the person who had hurt her little brother.
Police went to the home on High Street in Bradford where Gonzalez-Iriarte lives with the boy’s mother and placed him under arrest. The 45-year-old man is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of children.