Police: Spring Grove man arrested after beating boy


A 6-year-old Spring Grove child is expected to recover after suffering "substantial" bruising on his face and body when he was beaten by a family member on Saturday, Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said.

The child was hit and punched by Richard McClane, 27, of the 100 block of Main Street, police said. McClane and the child live in the same home, Bean confirmed.

McClane remains in York County Prison on $30,000 bail, charged with simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

An adult witness in the home told officers that McClane apparently "lost control" and assaulted the boy, according to Bean.

Mom, child fled: The boy and his mother fled their home about 2 p.m. and ran to the parking lot of a nearby business, where they waited for officers to arrive, the chief said. The mother declined to have the boy transported to the hospital, police said.

Police then went to McClane's home and arrested him without incident, according to Bean.

"He was expecting the officers to arrive at his residence, and he took immediate responsibility," the chief said.

Bean said his department will notify the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families of the incident.

The chief urged people to seek help before losing their cool and injuring a child.

Asking for help: Overwhelmed parents can call The Lehman Center at 400 W. Market St. in York City day or night for emergency respite care for children under 7, or to learn about the many other services offered to parents and caregivers by the center.

Reach The Lehman Center, which is part of the Children's Aid Society, by calling (800) 635-6619 or (717) 845-5771, or visit the Children's Aid Society online at www.cassd.org.

The center is available 24 hours a day to help parents in crisis.

If you suspect a child is being abused, call police, 911 or the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families. For more information about where and how to file a report, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 4-A-CHILD.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.