A York Township man told police he "saw red" and broke the leg of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son when the toddler refused to listen, state police allege.
Benjamin Brian Ladd, 27, of the 2960 Honey Valley Road, is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment, state police said.
He remains free on bail.
State police said they were called to York Hospital about 5:45 p.m. Friday for a case of suspected child abuse in which the toddler's right femur was fractured.
A York Hospital emergency-room doctor told troopers the fracture was cause by high-impact force to the bone, according to Ladd's arrest affidavit.
It happened between 2 and 3 p.m. at a home in the first block of East Main Street in Yorkana, police said.
At the hospital, troopers spoke with the boy's mother, who said she took a 15-minute shower and that when she came out of the bathroom her son was crying and saying his leg hurt, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit notes the child made the statement, "Ben threw me off the bed."
Troopers interviewed Ladd, who told them the child became "unruly and disobedient" after his mother began to shower, and refused Ladd's repeated commands to go to his room, the affidavit states.
Ladd confessed he became so enraged he "saw red," picked up the boy by the shoulders and threw him down onto the bed, according to the affidavit. Ladd said the boy's leg became twisted underneath him, the affidavit states.
Ladd told state police he is normally not abusive toward the boy, according to the affidavit.
He apologized and said he deserves to be punished for his actions, the affidavit states.
A phone message left at Ladd's home was not immediately returned.
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