As­tor Home em­ployee charged with en­dan­ger­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­ di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.


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