Man faces felony child endangerment charges

Boy told police ‘Daddy hit me’

A Cambria County man faces a felony child endangerment charge after police said they saw a video of the man “aggressively” placing a child into a vehicle.

Joshua A. Davis, 26, of Haida Village, Hastings, was arraigned on charges late Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Prebish Jr.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Northern Cambria Borough police, an officer responded Tuesday afternoon to a Sheetz convenience store in Northern Cambria for a “child abuse incident.”

A witness said he saw a man “repeatedly” beating a small child while putting him inside the back of a gray Chevrolet Trailblazer, police said.

“The witness said the child was screaming from that point on until they left the parking lot,” according to the criminal complaint.

The officer viewed surveillance footage of the incident and said he watched as the man, identified as Davis, “aggressively picked up the child” and left the building before “aggressively” putting the child into the Trailblazer.

The altercation allegedly followed a dispute in the store’s candy aisle, where the child was “throwing a tantrum,” according to the complaint.

The officer later contacted Davis at his home, police said.

Inside the home, the officer could smell “a strong odor of marijuana,” and Davis later admitted to smoking the drug, according to the complaint.

Davis also allegedly admitted to flushing unsmoked marijuana down a toilet, police said.

The child, a 4-year-old, was also at the home, according to the complaint, which noted that police examined the child.

The child had welts on his lower back and buttocks, police said.

Police asked how the welts were caused, and the child replied, “Daddy hit me,” according to the complaint.

Davis later told police he had lost his temper and punished the child because of the incident in the candy aisle, the officer said.

“Davis went on to say that he should have known better and may have taken it a little too far,” the officer wrote in the complaint.

Davis faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child, as well as lesser charges of recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

According to online court documents, Davis remained in Cambria County prison unable to post 10 percent of $20,000 bail as of Wednesday afternoon.

He is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Zungali.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.