Warren woman charged with hitting, throwing toys at child
A Warren woman has been charged with endangerment after police allege that she hit and threw toys at her child.
City of Warren police were dispatched to Warren General Hospital on July 2 for a report of alleged child abuse. It was there they learned that a two-year-old child was brought to the emergency room with “multiple bruises and contusions in different stages of healing about the body,” police said.
Following a Childline report, police said Warren County Children and Youth Services completed a safety plan and the child was removed from the home pending investigation. Detectives obtained medical records and photos of the child’s injuries, and spoke with emergency room doctors who advised that “the injuries were suspicious in nature.”
According to police, the child’s mother, Harley Romain Billyard, 21, “reported that someone may have entered the home at night and injured the victim.”
During a subsequent interview with Billyard, she “was upset at the questions that were asked of her,” according to the affidavit. Police said Billyard told detectives that “she never hit her child and lets him walk all over her.” Billyard “finally admitted that she struck her child out of frustration and also threw toys that hit the child, but it wasn’t intentional,” Police claim.
Billyard is charged with endangering the welfare of a child — a third degree felony, and one misdemeanor count of simple assault. She was arraigned before District Justice Raymond Zydonik on Tuesday, July 3, and remanded to the Warren County Jail on $35,000 bail. She awaits a preliminary hearing set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.