PEEKSKILL Two city parents were arrested Monday after allegedly helping their two daughters assault a 10-year-old girl. Samuel Randolph, 25, and Latena Fitzgerald 26, both of Peekskill, confronted a girl at around 2:40 p.m. at the Kiley Center after she had gotten into a fight with their daughter at the center earlier in the day.
Two children, ages 10 and seven, got into a minor altercation while at day camp that brought under control by camp staff. The seven-year-old went home and told her parents about the incident and cops say they decided to handle it in a manner that was less than desirable. Randolph and Fitzgerald held the 10- year-old victim while both ordered their two daughters to assault her, according to Peekskill Police Lieutenant Eric Johansen.
Kiley Center staff members quickly broke up the assault, but Randolph then threw a chair at the victim and struck her in the back. The victim received no major injuries.
Both parents were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor, by Police Officer Leo Dylewski. Both Randolph and Fitzgerald were arraigned in city court and released on their own recognizance. The two daughters were not charged, and child protective services was notified of the incident and is assisting in the investigation.
Johansen said there is always adult supervision at the center, and the assault was an unfortunate isolated incident. Its like any other camp, it would be considered safe and secure and is no different than a school or any other day camp, he said. What they did was completely out of line and unexpected.
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