Hat­field man heads to trial for al­leged as­sault on son

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Michael Gold­berg mgold­berg@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mgold­berg on Twit­ter

A 55-year-old Hat­field Bor­ough man is headed for trial for al­legedly as­sault­ing his 13-yearold son in May, although he no longer faces the two most se­ri­ous charges orig­i­nally filed against him.

John Frank Gam­ble, of the first block of Roo­sevelt Av­enue, had first-de­gree felony counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and stran­gu­la­tion dis­missed by Lans­dale Judge Ed­ward Levine at the cul­mi­na­tion of a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing at which Levine held for trial sec­ond-de­gree mis­de­meanor counts of sim­ple as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment as well as sum­mary counts of ha­rass­ment and pub­lic drunk­en­ness, records in­di­cate.

Cops re­sponded to Gam­ble’s res­i­dence around 10 p.m. on May 13 af­ter the boy’s mother called po­lice to re­port that Gam­ble, who she said was in­tox­i­cated and had bro­ken a num­ber of items in the home, had as­saulted his son, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause.

The wo­man told po­lice that Gam­ble had been drink­ing al­co­hol since that morn­ing and “went af­ter” his son for no rea­son, chas­ing the boy into his bed­room and wrap­ping his arms around his son’s head to the point where the child could not breathe, the af­fi­davit states.

The wo­man said she had to pull Gam­ble off of his son, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The boy, who had cuts to his neck, chest and up­per lip, told po­lice that he sus­tained the in­juries af­ter his fa­ther at­tacked him, and said that dur­ing the as­sault he could not breathe for ap­prox­i­mately seven to eight sec­onds, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Cops said Gam­ble showed sev­eral signs of al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion, and they ob­served bro­ken glass through­out the home, as well as a shat­tered ham­ster en­clo­sure and smashed pic­ture frames.

Gam­ble is free on $25,000 bond while await­ing his next ap­pear­ance in Mont­gomery County court, sched­uled for Oct. 3.

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