York City man accused of assaulting child

Christopher Dornblaser

A York City man is accused of assaulting a nearly 2-year-old boy in July, according to charging documents filed by York City Police on Wednesday.

Wendell Omar Montalvo-Montalvo, 21, of 555 W. Philadelphia St., will be charged with aggravated assault, attempted simple assault and endangering child welfare, according to charging documents.

According to police, the victim's mother had dropped off the 23-month-old at Montalvo's home on July 12 so she could go to work, and when she came back, the child had several injuries. The boy was taken to police headquarters and was seen with redness, extreme swelling and bruising to his face, swelling to his head, two black eyes, scratches on his nose and an injury to his left ear, according to police.

The mother said Montalvo told her the child had fallen into a mop bucket while Montalvo was sleeping, according to police.

On July 18, Montalvo spoke with police, telling them he works nights and was sleeping while he was baby-sitting the boy. Montalvo said he woke up and found the child had spilled a mop bucket in the kitchen.

He initially told detectives he had not physically disciplined the boy, but then said he struck the child on the backside twice as a form of discipline, according to police. He said it was possible he hit the side of the boy's face while attempting to hit his backside, and he said it was possible that the toddler hit the other side of his face on the couch after being struck, documents state.

He said no one else was there when the boy was injured, police said.

According to online court records, Montalvo has not been arrested yet.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.