A bizarre daytime incident has resulted in the arrest of a man believed to have been responsible for slashing a 2-year-old child in the face. New York City police detectives arrested the 35-year-old man, who now faces felony assault charges for the alleged incident. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the man has retained criminal defense representation.
According to the police report, on the morning of July 1, the 2-year-old boy was being pushed in a stroller on a Manhattan sidewalk by his nanny when the alleged attack occurred. The accused man allegedly approached the stroller and slashed the child over his right eye with an unknown implement. The nanny immediately called 911, but the man fled the scene.
Surveillance footage seems to show the alleged incident taking place. It was released to the public by authorities in an attempt to track down the suspected man. The man was later identified by members of the public and was subsequently arrested. The child was taken for medical care and required six stitches to close the wound. The man now faces felony assault charges.
The nature of this crime, while violent, calls into question the mindset of the man accused of committing the act. His criminal defense attorney, in addition to reviewing the case files provided by New York police and prosecutors, may ask that the man be subjected to psychological testing as part of his defense. If the man’s mental competence can be proved to be in question at the time of the attack, his lawyer may choose to attempt a plea bargain based on mandatory treatment.