Police: Baby injured in York City fight
A baby was injured when his father and his girlfriend fought with the child's mother over the summer, according to York City Police.
Officers filed charges alleging Elleana Michel Sensenig, 19, assaulted a woman who was holding a baby in a city home in July.
Police said Lyndon Maurice Johnson, 27, encouraged Sensenig, his girlfriend, to hurt the woman. Johnson also is accused of striking his child's mother, which led to injuries to the child as well, officials said.
The child was 10 months old during the alleged incident.
Johnson and Sensenig, both of the first block of Grant Street, are charged with aggravated assault of someone younger than 6 and simple assault. Johnson also is charged with endangering child welfare.
Johnson's attorney, Kathryn Nonas-Hunter, declined comment Friday, Oct. 19, but said her client denies the allegations by police.
Allegations: According to court documents, police were sent to the 400 block of East Princess Street about 4:30 p.m. July 22 for a report of a domestic assault.
Police said the child's mother, the baby and a friend were visiting Johnson that day.
Before the three could enter the apartment, a fight ensued, and Sensenig slapped the child's mother, a blow that also struck the child on the side of the head, court documents state.
The victim's friend stepped in to stop the fight, but Johnson kept urging the two to fight, even though the victim was holding his child, police said.
Johnson struck the woman's friend with his forearm, causing her to hit the wall, according to officials. He then hit his child's mother, "showing total disregard for his son's safety," documents state.
The child's mother suffered a left facial contusion, while Johnson's son suffered a scalp contusion and had to be monitored for signs of a concussion, officials said.
In August, Detective Tiffany Pitts spoke to Johnson and Sensenig, and each gave differing accounts of what happened, court documents state.
Sensenig told police that the child's head struck the wall when Johnson pushed the child's mother, and Johnson said he was pushing her to leave but the victim ran into the wall with the child as she tried to get in the elevator, officials said.
Police said Johnson admitted to punching her friend.
Charges were filed Tuesday, Oct. 16. The two were arraigned on them Friday morning, and they remain free on their own recognizance.
Sensenig does not have an attorney listed yet.
Their preliminary hearings had not yet been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.
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