Astor Home employee charged with endangering
RHINEBECK >> An employee of the Astor Home for Children on U.S. Route 9 in this Northern Dutchess village was arrested after grabbing an 11-year-old client of the facility by the back of his shirt, causing him to hit his head and back on a cement wall, authorities said Friday.
Dixie E. Castrejon, 26, of Red Hook, was arrested by state police at Rhinebeck at 3:15 p.m. Thursday on Route 9 near the facility and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, police said. The Astor Home is at 6339 Mill St., which is what Route 9 is called in that area.
The boy suffered minor injuries, police said.
Astor spokeswoman Sonia Barnes-Moorhead said Castrejon is no longer employed at the home.
The Astor Home, operated by Astor Services for Children & Families, is a community-based organization providing children’s mental health services, child welfare services and early childhood development programs, according to the Astor website.
Castrejon was re- leased with a ticket to appear in Rhinebeck Village Court at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3.