Police: West Manheim Twp. man charged with assaulting wife, kids


A West Manheim Township man has been charged with assaulting his wife and two children while angrily trying to destroy the wife's teddy bear, according to charging documents.

Angry about his wife taking his cellphone late Thursday night, Aaron Siegrist Rissler, 33, of 952 Lily Springs Road, hit her in the ear, dragged her out of bed and stomped on her foot, according to West Manheim Police.

He then grabbed a teddy bear that had sentimental value to the wife, brought it downstairs and took a knife to it, according to documents. An 11-year-old child, one of five kids in the home, tried to take the bear away from him and suffered a small cut on her pinky finger, documents state. A 13-year-old boy then tried to get the bear, but Rissler punched him in the face and threw him into a wall, documents state.

The wife and children, who all refused EMS treatment at the scene, said they all feared Rissler causing them bodily injury, police say.

Rissler was charged Friday morning with three counts of simple assault, one count of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of harassment, according to documents.

Police say he admitted to punching the 13-year-old and shoving him into a wall, according to documents.

Rissler is free on $7,500 bail, according to prison records.

— Reach Sean Philip Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.