The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 14, 2013


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- — Police seek woman charged with hitting son

FARRELL – A Farrell woman is being sought for allegedly assaulting her 2-year-old son Nov. 5 at home, Southwest Mercer County Regional police said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Josey L. Kerr, 23, of 1047 Hamilton Ave., with simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mercer County Children and Youth Services notified police after part of the alleged assault was posted on Facebook, police said.

“The child was crying and fussy from reportedly not being given anything to eat that evening,” Sgt. Charles Rubano said in the affidavit of probable cause.

Kerr grabbed the boy by the arm, lifting him in the air and throwing him on a couch, police said.

Another family member witnessed Kerr’s behavior and flipped on a cellular telephone video camera, police said.

The child continued to cry and Kerr yelled at him to stop, police said. She hit him in the face, causing a bruise, police said.

Man admits corrupting girl with cerebral palsy

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – A Lackawannock Township man pleaded guilty to a charge of corruption of a minor recently for sexually assaulting a teen girl with cerebral palsy for whom his father was the caregiver.

Aaron Atkinson, 23, of 25 Jellison Lane, could be sentenced to a maximum 3è to 7 years for the third-degree felony.

As part of a plea deal entered Nov. 5, prosecutors withdrew charges of unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and corruption.

Atkinson’s father, Christopher D., 61, of the same address, stands charged with aggravated indecent assault, corruption and unlawful contact with a minor.

The assaults occurred between 2010 and 2012 at their home, when the girl was as young as 13, state police said. Police allege each man assaulted the girl independently of the other.

The girl has moved to Texas and reported the assaults to a family member, who notified authorities in Guadalupe County. The girl, who is unable to speak and communicates by an iPad Touch, was interviewed by child advocates, who passed on the video of the interview to Pennsylvania State Police.

The Atkinsons were interviewed separately and each admitted some sexual contact with the girl, police said.

Charges were filed May 1.