Mother, boyfriend charged with assaulting girl, 5

An Elizabethtown woman and her boyfriend were charged after police say they used a wooden paddle on her 5-year-old daughter’s buttocks.

Tori Marie Conner, 21, and James Madison Copenhaver, 24, also of Elizabethtown, were each charged Friday with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to state police.

The incidents allegedly occurred in the 100 block of Joan Street in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl had multiple bruises on her buttocks when she was brought to state police barracks in Harrisburg on June 27.

She later told a child interview specialist that Copenhaver used a wooden paddle with holes in it to paddle her, and that her mother saw him do it more than once.

Conner told police that she and Copenhaver both hit the girl with the paddle, but just tapped her on the butt.

She said the paddling that caused the bruises occurred two or three days earlier. She told police she thought it was a little excessive and that she talked to Copenhaver about it.

Copenhaver said he and Conner paddled the girl on the bare butt. He told police it was a mistake and they never take it to an extreme, the complaint states.

Conner and Copenhaver were arraigned and released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

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