City man accused of endangering child

Peterson faces felony in case involving toddler in stroller

Jaleel Shakir Peterson, 28, faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person and use/possession of drug paraphernalia and summary charges of public drunkenness and pedestrian fail to yield after Altoona police responded to a call about a man pushing a baby stroller down the center of Sixth Avenue on Saturday.

According to police, a 2-year-old girl was in the stroller. Peterson was shoving the stroller, then chasing after it. Peterson allegedly appeared to be under the influence, court documents state.

When police caught up with Peterson at a convenience store, he had difficulty standing, was sweating, fumbling with his wallet, fidgety and had difficulty standing still, court documents state. When police attempted to talk to Peterson outside the store, he ran off, leaving the child behind. After a short chase, he was taken into custody when he tripped. Peterson allegedly told police he consumed “dope” that day. Peterson had two active warrants for his arrest, one through the Altoona police in regard to endangering offenses related to the same child.

Peterson was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio. Unable to post $25,000 bail, he was remanded to the Blair County Prison. His preliminary hearing is set for July 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio.


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