Man pleads guilty in assault during which baby was kicked
SHAMOKIN - A Coal Township man extradited last week from New Jersey after being wanted in connection with a fight during which his 4-month-old son was kicked in the head has been placed on six months supervised probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine plus costs.
Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III imposed the sentence on Craig C. Becker Jr., 26, Tuesday after the defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. A misdemeanor of recklessly endangering and a summary of harassment were withdrawn.
Becker, who had been in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $20,000 cash bail, was released following his plea.
He was extradited Thursday by Coal Township police from Warren County Correctional Facility in Phillipsburg, N.J., where he had been detained after being arrested on a warrant.
Becker was charged by township Patrolman Terry Ketchem in connection with a Dec. 5 disturbance at his former residence at 915 W. Mulberry St. He is accused of entering the house and punching Aaron Lutcher and Ed Yoder. While he was fighting, police said Becker kicked his son. The infant was not injured, but was taken to the hospital for evaluation, police said.
Brittany Shiffer, the infant's mother, told police she, Lutcher, Yoder and two others were watching a movie in the living room when Becker slammed open the front door and began the assault.
Lutcher told police he was struck three or four times in the face before Becker went after Yoder. Lutcher said Becker yelled at him to get out of the house. Lutcher said he left, but claims Becker came after him again and struck him three or four more times in the back of the head.