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Children's Home Worker Assaulted Teen, Police Say

Police say New Jersey man punched and body-slammed teenage resident of the Children's Home of Easton.

By Jack Tobias

An employee of the Children's Home of Easton seriously injured a 16-year-old resident Sunday night by repeatedly punching him in the face after the teen spit at him, court records say.

Shawn M. Ingram, 29, of Washington, N.J., had already body-slammed the teen and was trying to hold him down after an argument between the teen and another resident was turning physical, the records say.

The teen suffered "serious bodily injury and trauma" to his head and face. EMS personnel took the teen to a hospital for treatment. The Children's Home, at 2000 S. 25th St., is in Wilson.

Ingram "was at the scene" when police arrived "and was pointed out as the person [who] injured" the teen, according to a criminal complaint filed by Wilson Patrolman James Fritts.

The complaint said police were called to the home shortly before 9pm for a disturbance "between staff and student" in Smith Cottage.

Ingram, of the Westgate Apartments in Washington, N.J., was charged with aggravated assault, a level-one felony, as well as simple assault.

He was arraigned at 1am Monday by on-duty District Judge Todd Strohe of Bangor and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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