Police: Woman punched daughter
Mother allegedly told girl to lie about incident
A city woman accused of punching her daughter in the face and arm and then telling the girl to lie about it will face felony and misdemeanor charges.
Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio found Altoona police have enough evidence to send charges against 42-year-old Dana L. Pfahler to Blair County Court after a preliminary hearing Wednesday at Central Court.
Altoona police Detective Cpl. Ben Meintel filed charges against Pfahler in late July after an investigation that started May 30 when the girl’s injuries were reported by her school.
The girl told investigators that she was not feeling well the morning of May 29 and was standing by the sink in the kitchen of her home because she thought she may vomit.
Pfahler allegedly walked in to the kitchen and became angry because she believed the child was trying to get out of going to school.
It was then that Pfahler punched the girl in the face and arm.
It was the large bruising to the girl’s face and arm that caught the attention of several people outside the home, including at the school and at the girl’s doctor’s office, Meintel noted.
When asked about it, the girl allegedly said Pfahler had punched her.
Blair County Children, Youth & Families was called, and Altoona police were brought in to investigate.
Pictures were also taken of the girl’s bruising, which included a bruise to her forehead, bruises under her left eye and a “deep purple bruise” to the girl’s upper arm, police contend.
Pfahler allegedly told the girl to say she struck her face on the counter and if she didn’t, she wouldn’t give the girl any money if she asked for it.