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Spring Valley man struck, injured boy, 3, police say

A police cruiser is parked near the Spring

A police cruiser is parked near the Spring Valley Police Department. (Sept. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A Spring Valley man who was taking care of a 3-year-old boy Saturday night was charged with assault after hitting the child hard enough to require a hospital visit, police said.

Darvel L. Davenport, 25, struck the boy in the face at about 9 p.m. Saturday night, causing pain, bruising and swelling, police said.

Davenport was charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, according to police.

Police said Davenport is a friend of the boy's mother. Why Davenport struck the child is not known, police said. Davenport is not a trained caregiver and was minding the boy as a favor, they said.

The boy's legal guardian noticed the injuries and called Ramapo police Saturday night. The boy, who is not related to Davenport, was treated and released that night from Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

The Rockland County District Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation. Child Protective Services is also investigating the case, police said.

Police arrested Davenport Tuesday. He was arraigned Tuesday before Ramapo Town Justice Rhoda Schoenberger and sent to the Rockland County jail in lieu of $50,000 bial. His next court date is Monday at 10 a.m. No information on Davenport's legal representation was available Wednesday.

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