Posted on Oct 22, 2007

Because a 2-year-old was acting like a 2-year-old, it has bleeding on the brain from repeated punches. Twenty-year-old Juan Arreola pleaded guilty to two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and simple assault according to Associated Press reports.

While caring for his girlfriend’s son, he allegedly kicked the boy, squeezed his face and then punched the infant in the head. After the punching episode, the mother brought the child to the hospital. The boy had severe bruises on his face and back.

When Northampton County (Pa.) Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden asked Arreola if that's how he regularly treated 2-year-olds, the defendant replied: "I was working till midnight. I'm not a morning person." McFadden then asked, "You're going to look at me straight in the face and say 'I'm not a morning person,'?" she asked.

The judge ordered Arreola to undergo psychological and psychiatric evaluations and set sentencing for Dec. 14. The maximum penalty is a Pennsylvania state prison term of more than 20 years.

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