Man extradited, allegedly punched men, kicked infant
COAL TOWNSHIP - A Shamokin area man was extradited from New Jersey Thursday and charged in connection with a December disturbance that involved him allegedly punching two adult males and kicking his 4-month-old son in the head.
Craig C. Becker Jr., 26, was video-arraigned early Thursday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on a misdemeanor of recklessly endangering another person and a summary of harassment relating to the Dec. 5 disturbance at his former residence at 915 W. Mulberry St.
The charges were filed by Coal Township Patrolman Terry Ketchem.
Becker, who was wanted on the charges, was extradited by Coal Township police from Warren County Correctional Facility in Phillipsburg, N.J., where he had been detained after being arrested on a warrant.
Child not hurt
He is accused of entering the residence and punching Aaron Lutcher and Ed Yoder. While he was fighting with both men, police said Becker kicked his son. The infant, who was not injured, was evaluated at the scene by personnel from AREA Services Ambulance before being transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for further evaluation.
Brittany Shiffer, the mother of the infant, told police she, Lutcher, Yoder and two others were sitting in the living room watching a movie when Becker slammed open the front door and began punching Lutcher and Yoder before kicking the baby during the fight.
Lutcher told police he was struck three or four times in the face by Becker before the defendant went after Yoder. Lutcher said Becker yelled at him to get out of the house. After Lutcher ran out of the house and started walking down the sidewalk, he claimed Becker came after him again and struck him three or four more times in the back of the head, police said.
Becker was committed to Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.