Child Allegedly Hit During Parental Argument; Suffered Liver Damage


         Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on first-degree Assault and other charges for repeatedly striking his daughter with a baseball bat and seriously injuring her.


District Attorney Clark said, “Allegations of abuse against a helpless, innocent child are more horrific and disturbing when they are against a family member meant to protect the child. This little girl was left alone with serious injuries until her mother found her. We will work hard to find a measure of justice and safety for both of them. ”


District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Noel Morales, 32, of 1145 Morrison Avenue, was indicted on first-degree Assault, three counts of second-degree Assault, third-degree Assault, fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned today before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas. Bail was continued and he is due back on May 29TH , 2018.


According to the investigation, on January 14, 2018, inside an apartment shared by Morales, his daughter and the girl’s mother, Morales struck his four-year-old daughter three times with a baseball bat following an argument with the girl’s mother. The child’s mother, who was at work, later found the girl and rushed her to a hospital. The girl suffered severe injuries including contusions to the liver, bruising on her stomach and back and a broken arm.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jill Starishevsky, Senior Trial Assistant in the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Rachel Ferrari, Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, and the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division.


An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

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