City man charged with beating girlfriend, child
BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
Police charged a Lancaster city man with beating his girlfriend while she held the couple's 1-year-old daughter, then locking them outside in freezing temperatures.
Larry Lee Henson Jr. is at Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail, charged with felony endangering children and assault for the Monday morning incident.
Henson, 33, allegedly pummeled his girlfriend with his fists as she held the little girl, prompting her to run outside with the child.
Henson then locked them outside on North Duke Street in 20-degree weather with snow and ice on the ground, police reported. The little girl was wearing only a diaper, police allege.
The mother was bruised and bleeding when officers found her and the child on the street about 5 a.m.
The child, 18 months old, wasn't hurt.
The woman was treated at a local hospital for head and face injuries and released.
Lancaster city police, with approval from Assistant District Attorney Randall L. Miller, filed charges. Henson was arrested and arraigned Monday morning.
Officer Glenn Stoltzfus outlined the crime this way in an arrest affidavit:
Officers encountered the woman and the child in the first block of North Duke Street. She had obvious injuries to her head.
The woman, wearing only a tank top shirt, said she was punched several times in the head and face while holding the child, then fled the apartment.
Other eyewitnesses corroborated that statement.