Harrisburg-area man sought on child abuse charges


Update: Charles L. McConnell, 30, was taken into custody by State Parole agents Tuesday evening in Harrisburg, the Lancaster County district attorney’s office said. He is being held at the state prison in Camp Hill.

Police are looking for a man charged in a child abuse case in Lancaster County.

Charles L. McConnell, 30, struck a 6-month-old several times, causing severe bruising to the infant’s face, and he threw several objects at his 5-year-old son, causing injuries to the child’s forehead, Susquehanna Regional police said.

He is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, and intimidation, retaliation or obstruction in child abuse cases for the incidents in Conoy Township last month.

Police said McConnell previously was found guilty of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children for abusing the older child in 2013. The abuse caused several fractured ribs and a traumatic brain injury that left the child permanently disabled.

McConnell is believed to be living in the Harrisburg area.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the police department at 717 426-1164 or 717-426-1158, or email Detective Kimes at KimesM@police.co.lancaster.pa.us.

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