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Woman arrested after video shows her hitting infant in car seat

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 4/5/17

A Middletown woman has been arrested after a cellphone video showed her allegedly hitting with her fist an infant who was strapped into a car seat.

The video allegedly shows the woman, Sonja Paige …

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Woman arrested after video shows her hitting infant in car seat

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A Middletown woman has been arrested after a cellphone video showed her allegedly hitting with her fist an infant who was strapped into a car seat.

The video allegedly shows the woman, Sonja Paige Hartman, 28, yelling at the infant and striking the infant in the head with her fist. The incident occurred between 4:15 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. Monday, March 20, outside the apartment building in the 600 block of Adelia Street where Hartman lives, borough police said.

The video was recorded by another resident who lives in the same building, said borough Interim Police Chief George Mouchette.

The resident and another individual came to the police station to show police the video.

Police said that the man who recorded the video told them that before the video starts he saw Hartman allegedly holding the baby up chest high and shaking him, according to a criminal complaint filed by police with District Judge David Judy.

She was arraigned before Judy March 21 and charged with aggravated assault of a victim younger than age 13, endangering the welfare of children, and driving under suspension. She was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail and a preliminary hearing before Judy is set for April 6.

In addition, police said that charges of corruption of minors and conspiracy to commit corruption of minors are pending against Hartman regarding a separate case from August 2016 filed by police in Steelton.

Hartman is to be arraigned on those charges in Dauphin County Court on May 5.