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York City man arrested, accused of assaulting toddler

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A York City man accused of assaulting a child was arrested Friday by the U.S. Marshals Task Force, according to a release.

Wendell Montalvo-Montalvo

Wendell Montalvo-Montalvo, 21, was arrested without incident in the 500 block of West Philadelphia Street, the release states.

Montalvo-Montalvo, of 555 W. Philadelphia St., is 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-Montalvo's home July 12 so she could go to work, and when she returned, 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-Montalvo told her the child had fallen into a mop bucket while the man was sleeping, according to police.

On July 18, Montalvo-Montalvo spoke with police, telling them he works nights and was sleeping while he was baby-sitting the boy. He 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 he 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.

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

He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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