Harrisburg man arrested on child abuse charges

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LANCASTER COUNTY, PA -- UPDATE: McConnell was taken into custody on Tuesday night.

He was wanted for alleged child abuse incidents that occurred about a month ago.

PREVIOUSLY: Charles McConnell, 30, of Harrisburg is wanted for alleged child abuse incidents that occurred about a month ago.

He is facing charges such as aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and intimidating witnesses.

According to court documents, police received a report of suspected child abuse occurring at a home on the 200 block of Market Street on September 19.

Investigators say they believe McConnell struck his six-month old son several times and caused severe bruising.

They also believe McConnell threw several objects at a five-year old son and caused injuries to the boy’s forehead.

In 2013, McConnell was charged and found guilty in Dauphin County of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

Investigators say at that time, he assaulted the now five-year old boy as an infant and caused several fractured ribs and a traumatic brain injury that left the boy permanently disabled.

According to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, McConnell was sentenced to two to four years at the state prison in Huntingdon and was committed in February 2015.

McConnell was granted state parole in January 2017.

Brett Hambright with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office filed the new charges against McConnell last Friday, October 12.

“There’ve been a few days where we’ve tried locations where we thought he would be, including his home. We’ve made efforts to try and make him come in on his own terms with an attorney or however he wants to do it. None of those have turned up to him being in custody," said Hambright.

Investigators say McConnell is believed to be in Dauphin or Lancaster County.

Hambright said McConnell's family is in a "safe" location.

Anyone with any information on McConnell’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to either Susquehanna Regional Police or the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.


Susquehanna Regional Police Department have a warrant for a man they say abused two children. Charles Lyle McConnell is charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Endangering the Welfare of Children, and Intimidation, Retaliation or Obstruction in Child Abuse Cases.
The charges stem from an investigation into child abuse between McConnell and two children. Investigators say McConnell struck an infant several times causing severe bruising to the infants face. They say McConnell threw several objects towards another child causing injuries to the child’s forehead.

McConnell was charged with and found guilty of Aggravated Assault and Endangering the Welfare of Children in 2013 when he assaulted the same child (one that he threw items at) causing several fractured ribs and a traumatic brain injury which left the child permanently disabled.

Anyone with any information regarding McConnell’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Susquehanna Regional Police Department at (717) 426-1164, Non-Emergency (717) 426-1158. You may also email Detective Kimes at KimesM@police.co.lancaster.pa.us

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