A Camp Hill man is headed to trial on charges he abused his girlfriend's son and left the 5-year-old boy alone in a motel room.
Miles Kingsley A. Sherman, 20, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Paula Correal, who then sent the case to Cumberland County court and set a formal arraignment date of April 18.
Sherman faces charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, and harassment. A charge of false imprisonment and a second count of simple assault were withdrawn during the hearing.
Sherman was watching the boy in a room at the Cumberland Valley Motel in New Kingstown the night of November 23 while the child's mother was at work, according to Silver Spring Township police.
Officers went to the motel when the mother was unable to contact Sherman and found the boy alone. He had numerous bruises all over his body that were consistent with being struck, kicked and choked, police said.
The boy told officers he had been forced into a bathroom cabinet, hanged in a closet by a belt around his waist, and said Sherman had stepped on his abdomen and choked him, police said.
The child's mother, Elizabeth Morgan, told abc27 News her son is doing much better, but is still recovering.
“While we were in the courtroom, he was really scared that he was going to have to see Miles, and that is his biggest fear,” Morgan said. “Miles has yet to apologize to anyone. The bruises tell all. My son is never going to forgive him.”
Police said in court documents that Sherman admitted to many of the
allegations, and said he assaulted the boy because he had wet his pants. Sherman told abc27 News he never hurt the child.
“I did not admit to anything besides to leaving him alone in the hotel room,” he said. “The rest was all police.”