A city man was arrested for allegedly punching a one-year-old child in the stomach, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jeanandre Desir, 37-year-old, was arrested on Monday in the Bronx, authorities said. He has been charged with second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree aggravated assault, three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of third-degree witness tampering, and two counts of second-degree bribery of a witness.
Detectives began investigating the incident after receiving information from St. Joseph’s University Hospital about a one-year-old child with serious abdominal injury on December 25, 2020.
Detectives interviewed witnesses, including two children. One child told them she hit the one-year-old in the stomach with a hammer. The second child confirmed this account. Both children said the incident happened at their home in Paterson, authorities said.
Upon further investigation, detectives determined Desir allegedly struck the child with a closed fist in the abdominal area. He allegedly tampered with the child witnesses to fabricate their initial report, authorities said.
Detectives were looking for Desir. Between January 8 and February 18, detectives couldn’t find him.
The United States Marshals Service – New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force located him in Bronx, New York on Monday. He is pending extradition to New Jersey.
Desir could face decades behind bars if convicted on the charges.