City man faces assault, endangerment charges

Corley allegedly spanked child ‘until her buttocks were black and blue’

A city man who police say took a spanking of a child too far has waived charges of assault and child endangerment on to county court.

Stephen B. Corley, 29, of 131 Cherry Ave., was charged in late November after an Altoona police investigation into an incident in late September in which Corley allegedly smacked the bare bottom of a 4-year-old girl “in a fit of extreme rage until her buttocks were black and blue with bruises and scratches,” Altoona police Cpl. Terry Merritts noted in the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

According to police, Corley allegedly admitted to smacking the child and the injuries when questioned on Nov. 20.

“I went too far,” Corley allegedly told police in a taped statement. “I knew I went too far when I saw the bruises start to appear.”

Police said Corley described himself as “heavy-handed” and demonstrated for police the method he uses “to maximize the force and pain when he administers a punishment on a child’s bare buttocks,” police noted in the charges. Police said Corely demonstrated by holding up his slightly cupped hand.

Police said Corley told them he had been annoyed that the 4-year-old had been “throwing tantrums all day” and claimed the girl had pulled his fiancee down by her hair, a claim police questioned, considering the size of the child compared to the woman.

Police pointed out the girl had told a forensic interviewer in another county that she was in her bedroom “crying for mommy” when Corle came in and started hitting her “right on the butt.”

Corley allegedly told police he is diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression and blamed those conditions for not being able to control his anger. He said he had requested his doctor increase his medication and is seeking counseling “to help him control his explosive anger,” police noted.

Corley is charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor simple assault and remains free on a unsecured $25,000 bond.

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