Closings & Delays

Man high on synthetic marijuana assaults child at Harrisburg daycare

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HBG Daycare

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A man bashed his way into a Harrisburg daycare Wednesday evening and attempted to take a child, police said.

Police were called just after 5:00 p.m. to  Growing Adventures Child Care Center along the 1800 block of Market Street in Harrisburg.

Michael McQuay

Michael McQuay

According to police reports Michael McQuay, 27, forced his way  into the daycare by breaking out glass door and then crawled into the building. When officers arrived they found blood all over the door and floor.

Once inside, McQuay grabbed a 5-year-old girl by the neck and began shaking her. Both McQuay and the child were covered in blood, police said.

Authorities said they  found a Good Samaritan wrestling with McQuay in an attempt to get the child released from his grasp. He was talking to McQuay and eventually was able to talk him into letting the child go.  Officers were then able to tase McQuay and take him into custody.

The 5-year-old wasn’t hurt but told police that she could not breathe while McQuay was holding her around her neck.

McQuay was taken to a local hospital to treatment. He was then taken to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.  He told authorities that he ingested “Space.” According to police,  Space is a type of synthetic marijuana that is more potent than Spice.

Broken glass at HBG Daycare

McQuay is charged with 3 counts of recklessly endangerment, aggravated assault, burglary, public drunkenness, unlawful restraint and criminal attempt homicide. His preliminary hearing is set for June 5.