Atlantic City Man Indicted for Assault of Infant
An Atlantic County Grand Jury handed up an indictment on Tuesday against an Atlantic City man for the assault of an infant on May 6, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Mr. Stephon Whitfield, 28, is indicted on the following charges:
One count of third-degree Aggravated Assault and one count of third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a minor.
Officials say on May 6, officers from the Atlantic City Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue in reference to a nude male who was beating on an apartment door.
According to police, while on route, officers received further information that the same nude male had then assaulted an infant in his stroller. Whitfield was observed on scene, unclothed and yelling.
Whitfield is alleged to have forcefully grabbed a male, 9 month-old infant from his stroller in an apparent attempt to take him out, police say. Whitfield wrestled with the mother who was protecting the infant, causing both the stroller and infant still inside to slam to the ground.
Police say that the infant sustained visible injuries to the mouth and facial area, including scratches, redness, bruising, swelling, as well as a displaced tooth that ultimately fell out as a result of this incident.
Assistant Prosecutor Despina Hess represents the state in this matter. Whitfield remains in custody in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.