Man allegedly endangered child

Police say broken glass scattered throughout room

MARTINSBURG — A Roaring Spring man is facing child endangerment charges for allegedly throwing and breaking household items during an argument with his girlfriend while a 5-year-old girl was present.

According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 21, state police at Hollidaysburg were called to 211 Cherry St., Roaring Spring, to investigate a domestic incident.

A female at the residence told police that she suspected her boyfriend, Stephen C. Payne, 29, was cheating on her and when she confronted him, he became angry and began screaming at her while throwing and breaking household items.

Payne allegedly flipped the dining room table over, threw beer bottles throughout the first floor of the residence and dumped and threw food from the refrigerator.

The female told police that her 5-year-old daughter was asleep on the couch and was awakened and started crying because of Payne’s actions.

When police entered the living room, they discovered broken beer bottles as well as beer “all over” the floor of the living room. Police said there was also glass from broken picture frames scattered throughout the room.

Police said there was more “destruction” in the dining room and kitchen with random food items and broken glass scattered on the floor and a table and some chairs flipped over.

Police said they observed the child laying on the couch with her pillow and blanket and that “it was obvious that she was afraid.”

Police said there was also a 2-week old baby on the second floor of the residence.

Payne allegedly told police that he had broken two beer bottles but that his girlfriend did the rest of the damage.

Payne was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned by Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger in Martinsburg.

Mirror Staff Writer Rick Boston is at 946-7535.