Police in Cumberland County have charged a 19-year-old man after they said a young child was discovered alone in a motel room on Friday.
Miles Sherman of Camp Hill is charged with false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, simple assault and harassment. According to police, the child and his mother had been staying at the motel. On Friday, the mother left her son in the care of her boyfriend, Sherman. She later called the motel after she couldn't get in touch with Sherman. The motel then called police.
Silver Spring Township Police said they found a five-year-old child alone in a room at the Cumberland Valley Motel on East Main Street in New Kingstown. Police said the child had numerous bumps and bruises that appeared to be recently inflicted.
Investigators said they learned the child had been locked in a bathroom cabinet and suspended from a closet hanger by a belt. Police said the boy also had other injuries consistent with being struck, kicked and choked.
Silver Spring Township Police Superintendent Richard Hammon said there is no excuse for behavior like this.
"I could never see a motive -- period," he said. " You just can't understand, at least I can't understand, I don't think anybody that I would consider to be normal, could ever understand or try to justify why you would do that to a child."
Sherman has been previously convicted of harassment, disorderly conduct for engaging in fighting and the use of tobacco in school. He is also awaiting trial on two charges each of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Since 2011, he has also pleaded guilty to retail theft, careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to use a safety belt, failure to use headlights, operating a vehicle without a valid inspection and driving at a safe speed.