PALMER TWP., Pa. | Authorities allege a Northampton County man punched his teenage son at least 20 times after an argument over the boy’s chores.
Palmer Township police charged Walter V. Tomasheski with aggravated assault after his bloodied son walked into police headquarters Saturday evening. District Judge Douglas Schlegel arraigned the 47-year-old hours later, setting bail at $50,000.
Township police report that a teenaged boy came to police headquarters at 5 Weller Place about 7 p.m. Saturday to report that he been assaulted by his father, according to court records.
Officers said the boy’s face was covered in blood and that his clothing were blood stained. Both of his lips were split open and his face was swollen, according to court records. Police said the boy also appeared “confused or in some sort of altered mental state” due to the head trauma, according to records. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The boy told police that he and his father, Tomasheski, had been arguing for a few days. On Saturday, he reported doing his chores, when the two began arguing again. That’s when Tomasheski allegedly became “extremely mad” and punched the boy once in the face and stomach, according to records.
Tomasheski then allegedly threw the boy down and punched him 20 times in the face. The boy then walked from his Swanson Street home to police headquarters. Tomasheski was arrested at home.
He now faces a felony count of aggravated assault. Police also charged Tomasheski with misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, reckless endangerment and simple assault and a summary count of harassment.
He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 25.