Tioga man charged with beating child

ELKLAND — Corey D. Whitecraft, 35, of 17960 Route 287, Tioga, was charged by Tioga Borough police on Nov. 3 with endangering the welfare of children and simple assault after he allegedly beat a 9-year-old boy while three other children, a 16-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 6-month-old were present.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb’s office, Whitecraft caused injury to the boy, including bruising to his left eye and a cut on his lower lip.

Police said the abuse was discovered by a family services caseworker who conducted a home visit following a report of child abuse.

Two of the children, including the 9-year-old victim and the baby, were found inside the home alone, while Misty M. Wilson, 37, said she “ran to the neighbors to do laundry.”

The victim allegedly told the caseworker that he had “taken too long in the bathroom,” and when Whitecraft tried to spank him he resisted and that’s when his facial injuries occurred.

The children were placed under an emergency plan in the care of a third party, and ordered not to be around Whitecraft without Wilson’s presence.

Whitecraft was released on $15,000 bail and was ordered to have no contact with Wilson or the children. His preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 17.

In the simple assault and harassment charges filed by state police from the alleged domestic incident against Wilson, Whitecraft’s preliminary hearing was rescheduled to Jan. 17, 2017.