Man charged with child endangerment

WELLSBORO – Daryl S. Grant, 48, of 2064 Dean Hill Road, was charged by state police with endangering welfare of children, simple assault recently after he allegedly used a belt to spank a 12-year-old boy at the residence in Delmar Township this spring.

According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, on April 12, the child was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. by the defendant with “possible mental or emotional problems.”

Following a routine exam, severe bruising was noticed on the boy’s buttocks and arm. He was placed in protective custody until Tioga County Children and Youth case workers could arrive to take custody of him. On April 23, he was taken to the Child Advocacy Center, Northumberland, where Dr. Pat Bruno, MD, examined him. He determined the child to have suffered abuse, neglect, emotional abuse and poor dental hygiene. He noted a large number of bruises on his right buttock and new bruises.

On May 26, the defendant’s wife, Martha Grant, 36, told police he was a special-needs child and “acts out.” She also said in March he had begun wetting his bed and his pants. She told police the bruises came from the defendant spanking him with his hand and a belt. She called the punishment “excessive.”

On May 27, the defendant admitted to spanking the boy on his bare bottom on at least three occasions, first using his hand and progressing to the belt as punishment for acting out while he was at work.

Grant waived his June 2 preliminary hearing and was released on $10,000 unsecured bail and his county court arraignment was set for July 29.