MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic County Grand Jury handed up an indictment on Tuesday against an Atlantic City man for the assault of an infant on May 6, 2019, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Stephon Whitfield, 28, is indicted on the following charges:
- One count of third degree Aggravated Assault
- One count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child
On May 6, 2019, officers from the Atlantic City Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue in reference to a nude male who was beating on an apartment door.
While on route, officers received further information that the same nude male had then assaulted an infant in his stroller. Whitfield was observed on scene, unclothed and yelling.
Whitfield is alleged to have forcefully grabbed a male, 9 month-old infant from his stroller in an apparent attempt to take him out. Whitfield wrestled with the mother who was protecting the infant, causing both the stroller and infant still inside to slam to the ground.
The infant sustained visible injuries to the mouth and facial area, including scratches, redness, bruising, swelling, as well as a displaced tooth that ultimately fell out as a result of this incident.
Assistant Prosecutor Despina Hess represents the state in this matter. Whitfield remains in custody in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County