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Police: York Twp. man bit 11-year-old son on cheek, arm

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
Michael Paul Russ

A York Township man is accused of biting his 11-year-old son on the cheek and arm last month and bruising other parts of his body, police said.

Michael Paul Russ, 38, of 600 S. Duke St., was arraigned Monday before District Judge Scott Laird on one count each of strangulation and endangering the welfare of a child, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary count of harassment.

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Russ was released from York County Prison after posting 10% of $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 13.

According to a criminal complaint, York Area Regional Police received a call from the boy’s grandmother that he was being abused by his father.

The boy was removed from the house and taken into protective custody. He also was taken to York Hospital on Jan. 8 to be examined.

The nurse corroborated the information the boy and his relatives gave to officers, police said.

The forensic records also confirmed a bite mark to the boy's left cheek and upper left arm, along with numerous other bruising and red marks on his body.

The boy said he and his father were playing the video game Madden NFL when he was bitten. He said his father had been drinking beer and whiskey, according to the complaint.

The boy also reported two other incidents where he couldn't breathe after his father wrapped his legs and arms around the boy's neck, police said.