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Police: details of child abused in motel room "beyond belief"

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NEW KINGSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Court documents describe a night of a terror for a five-year-old boy inside room number eight at the Cumberland Valley Motel on Friday, November 23.

Police say the child and his mother had been staying in the room.  That Friday night, she left the boy in the care of her boyfriend, Miles Sherman, while she was at work.  Later that night, when she couldn't reach Sherman, police got involved.

When they arrived at the motel, what they found was heart-breaking.  According to Superintendent of Silver Spring Township Police, Richard Hammon, officers noticed marks all over the boy's body. "It is just beyond belief," he said, "You just have to wonder where people's minds are at."

After enduring abuse, the boy had been left alone, according to court documents.  Police say they first noticed marks on the boy's face, neck, back, abdomen, waist, groin and legs, and then he told them what happened.

The victim told police that Sherman "tied him up."  Investigators say Sherman used a belt to hang the boy in the closet by his waist.  The boy also told police that Sherman stepped on his abdomen, and choked his neck.   He also said he was forced in a bathroom cabinet.

Investigators said that Sherman did admit to many of the things the victim said.   He was charged with false imprisonment, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.  According to police, he said he assaulted the boy because he had wet his pants.

It's something police say is difficult to understand.

"You just can't understand, at least I can't understand," Hammon said, "I don't think anybody that I would consider normal could ever understand or try to justify why you would do that to a child, it's just pretty much beyond belief."

Sherman is being held at Cumberland County Prison.  A preliminary hearing for the case has been scheduled for Wednesday. He 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.

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