Reynoldsville Man Arrested for Slapping, Injuring 12-Year-Old Child for Spilling His Beer

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Charges have been filed against a Reynoldsville man who allegedly struck a 12-year-old child in the face for knocking over and spilling his beer.

Court documents indicate the DuBois-based State Police filed criminal charges against 44-year-old Shawn Robert Marche.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:52 a.m. on September 22, DuBois-based State Police were dispatched to a residence on Stevenson Hill Road in Washington Township, Jefferson County, to assist Jefferson County Children and Youth Services (CYS).

According to the complaint, CYS had received a report about Shawn Robert Marche reportedly causing bodily injury to a known 12-year-old juvenile victim.

The complaint states police initially spoke to the juvenile’s mother, who stated she was not present during to incident to see how the victim got the red mark on his eye. The victim’s mother then gave police permission to speak to the victim at school regarding the incident, and police proceeded to an area school to speak with the victim.

According to the complaint, the victim told police that his family had some friends over in the garage the prior evening. The victim reported he had knocked over Marche’s glass beer bottle, causing it to fall onto the floor, shatter, and spill. The victim told police Marche then became angry and smacked the victim in the face with an open hand.

The complaint notes the victim stated that after Marche struck him, he saw bright lights and experienced pain. He told police he and Marche then got into an argument that ended when he walked away.

The complaint indicates police confirmed that there was a shattered beer bottle on the floor inside of the garage and observed that the victim had a swollen right eye with a vertical red mark on his eyelid, consistent with his story.

Marche was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 6:56 p.m. on September 22 on the following charges:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Unable to post $5,000.00 (10%) monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

He was released on September 23 on a $500.00 cash surety posted by a private party.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on October 14, with Judge Inzana presiding.


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