Machias woman arrested for child abuse

MACHIAS, N.Y. (WIVB) New York State Police have charged a Machias woman with multiple counts of child abuse after responding to a report of a child assault.

Investigators say the child’s mother, 28 year old Patricia L. McConnell, choked and punched her child, leaving visible face and back injuries. The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

McConnell was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Assault.

McConnell was arraigned in the Town of Ashford Court and taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $30,000 bail.

Cattaraugus County Child Protective Services have been notified of the investigation and arrest. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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