Coal Township man charged in assault of adolescent daughter
By Sarah DeSantis
COAL TOWNSHIP — A Coal Township man is accused of slamming his adolescent daughter into a wall, causing her to become concussed and require six staples to close a laceration.
Victor Sassani, 36, of 855 W. Water St., Coal Township, was charged Saturday with misdemeanor counts of simple assault and endangering the welfare of children and cited with harassment for the incident that happened earlier that day at around 1:30 p.m. at his house.
Sassani’s wife, Janelle, reported to police that an argument erupted between her juvenile daughter and husband. Her daughter told her husband to get away from her and put out her foot to kick him back. In response, the man picked the girl up by the shoulders and neck and slammed her against the wall, Janelle Sassani told police.
The girl’s head began gushing blood, so Janelle Sassani told her to go to her neighbor’s house, police said. Janelle Sassani then took her 6-month-old child and daughter to the emergency room at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital where she was told her daughter had a concussion and needed six staples to close a laceration at the back of her head, police said.
The victim’s age was not given in the police statement.
Victor Sassani told police an argument had occurred but the injury occurred when he pushed his daughter away from him to give him space and she fell backwards, the criminal complaint says.
Sassani was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.