UPDATE: Montgomery County Man Allegedly Ripped Teeth Out Of Autistic Boy, DA Says

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

East Greenville man accused of extracting toddler’s teeth.

Following a three-month investigation, Nicholas Kernechel, 27, was arrested on Sept. 17 on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child, FOX29 reported. “The teeth were recovered, they were intact from the root to the edge of the tooth,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman told CBS Philly. “They were bloodied.NORRISTOWN >> An East Greenville man physically abused a 4-year-old autistic boy, including forcefully extracting his teeth, while the child was in his care, according to prosecutors. And they have striations on them that would indicate that a tool of some sort was used to remove them from the child’s mouth.” Kernechel was allegedly asked to look after the boy for a few hours in July while the child’s mother was away at work. After the alleged beating, Kernechel left the boy in his bed, bleeding and crying, and did not tell the boy’s mother about the injuries when she returned home in the early morning hours of July 19, the DA said.

When they arrived, the 4-year-old boy had “severe” facial and dental injuries, including an extremely swollen lip and a bloody upper gum line, according to the DA. Kernechel, who is being held at the county prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, is scheduled to appear at his preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Catherine Hummel-Fried.

Kernechel is unfortunately in a situation where an accident happened and he is now being charged with abusing a child, which absolutely did not occur.” While authorities believe that the alleged physical assaults of the child, who is autistic, began in April, the most recent incident came to light on July 19. Ferman said investigators have not determined what Kernechel allegedly used to rip out the child’s three upper teeth although all three teeth showed markings indicating some instrument was used. What we surmise is that the little boy wasn’t doing exactly what this defendant expected or wanted him to do and it was a reaction that was purely in anger,” Ferman alleged.

When Upper Perk Police responded to the residence they found blood on the child’s pillow and on the floor next to the child’s bed and blood spatter on the wall next to the boy’s bed, detectives alleged. Although the child’s mouth and nose were bleeding, the complaint reported Kernechel telling police that he placed the child in bed and closed the door. Asked about those incidents, the child said that Kernechel was responsible for the injuries, repeating that Kernechel “was not nice,” the criminal complaint reported. The mother, who Ferman said has cooperated with authorities, did not suspect that the child’s earlier injuries were the result of alleged child abuse. “I think there are a lot of things that you can see with the benefit of hindsight that don’t look suspicious in themselves but that as time goes by and something more serious occurs you go back and re-evaluate those other incidents,” said Ferman.

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