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Lower Swatara Township man allegedly broke bones of 6-month-old child

Posted 10/9/19

A Lower Swatara Township man faces three charges of aggravated assault of a victim younger than age 13 after he allegedly broke four bones of a 6-month-old child.

At 1:05 a.m. April 17, Dauphin …

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Lower Swatara Township man allegedly broke bones of 6-month-old child

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A Lower Swatara Township man faces three charges of aggravated assault of a victim younger than age 13 after he allegedly broke four bones of a 6-month-old child.

At 1:05 a.m. April 17, Dauphin County Children and Youth Services informed Lower Swatara police of possible child abuse.

An affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith states the 6-month-old was brought to a hospital because his arm “looked funny” for four days.

Hospital staff discovered that a bone in the child’s left upper arm had a fracture, the affidavit said. Police wrote that staff then did a skeletal scan which indicated that the child had three previous broken bones — a bone in the upper right arm and two bones in the right leg — that healed on their own without medical care.

Joy Rivera-Garcia, 24, reportedly told police that he believed it was an older child. According to the affidavit, Rivera-Garcia admitted to breaking the bones when he took a polygraph test.

He was also charged with endangering the welfare of children and giving a false report to officers.

He was arraigned before Judge Kenneth Lenker, and his bail was set at $10,000. Court records indicate that it was posted. His preliminary hearing is Oct. 16.