City man faces endangerment charge

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he endangered a 1-month-old child during an argument with his girlfriend.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, Robert J. Ferrell was arrested just before 2 p.m. Tuesday after he allegedly snatched the child, who was in a car seat, from his girlfriend and ran off when the woman tried to leave Ferrell’s home at 718 Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Ferrell, 18, and his girlfriend had been arguing inside the home because he didn’t want her leaving with the baby, police said. During the argument, while his girlfriend was sitting on the couch and holding the infant, Ferrell allegedly grabbed at the child and at one point was on top of them both, a witness told police.

After he punched a hole in the wall paneling, Ferrell ran upstairs to a bedroom when a family member tried to retrieve a car seat so the girlfriend could leave.

When the girlfriend eventually walked outside with the baby in the car seat, Ferrell allegedly grabbed onto the seat and began shaking and pulling it until he was able to get it away from his girlfriend after she fell to the ground. Police said witnesses described Ferrell running away at a full sprint while the baby was “bouncing while he ran.”

Ferrell was picked up by a relative and returned to the home where he was taken into custody. Police said the child was checked by AMED ambulance personnel.

Ferrell was booked on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person. Ferrell was released on an unsecured $7,500 bond set by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson and is due to appear at Central Court on Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing.


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