Cops: Township Man Charged for Assaulting Child & Girlfriend During Car Ride
Bristol Borough Police have charged a Bristol township man with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and related offenses for allegedly stabbing a toddler in the leg with a knife and striking his girlfriend. during a late night car ride that was filed in court last week
Eric Scott, Jr, 27 of Croydon has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and several misdemeanors in connection with an alleged roving domestic incident occurring on November 13, police say in court records.
According to police, a Bristol Twp officer observed an occupied vehicle on the shoulder of south bound Bristol Pike across from the Plaza 13 shopping center, just after 3:30 am court records show. The responding officer called Officer in Charge, Sgt Joe Moors of the Bristol Borough Police to the scene because the incident was in Borough’s jurisdiction.
Also called to the scene were Scott’s parents, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaint, being first on the scene, the township police officer spoke with Scott first and for safety purposes, and due to “Scott’s behavior,” at the scene, he was patted down by the officer. The pat down revealed Scott had a pocket knife in his possession. The knife was turned over to Moors who was not aware of any alleged assault with the weapon when it was turned over to Scott’s mother.
Police requested the children be picked up by relatives, Scott contacted the uncle of I.S. and brother to Derek Seip, father of I.S. The uncle took custody of both children, court records show.
Later that same morning township police were called just before 6 am by the uncle, and he reported the four year old had three puncture wounds and a scratch on her upper left thigh. The child was taken to a local medical facility for treatment by her uncle and father, the criminal complaint states.
Childline was contacted by Bristol Township Police and Bucks County Children and Youth were also called to the hospital for investigative purposes, according to the criminal complaint.
On November 19, at 3:30 pm, Bristol Borough Police conducted a recorded interview with J.W who was an alleged victim and is the mother of the child allegedly attacked too.
The mother told police that Scott and her children were staying at a home in Morrisville. She woke at approximately 3:00 a.m. to change her son’s (E.S.) diaper. Scott then woke and stated he needed coolant for the car. The mother and her two children (I.S. and E.S.) rode with Scott to a WaWa to make the purchase, the criminal complaint reads
Along Bristol Pike, Scott pulled over and attempted to take his girlfriend’s phone from her. The victim and Scott struggled for possession of the phone. Once she regained possession, Scott proceeded to hit her on her head with his hand, court records state.
During this time, her four-year old daughter (I.S.) needed to go to the bathroom. She originally was in a car seat and transferred her daughter to her lap and then proceeded to get out of the vehicle. Scott continued to strike the child’s mother while her daughter was on her lap, court records show.
According to the mother, at one point in the altercation, her daughter still on her lap, Scott pulled out his pocket knife, leaned over to his significant other and (I.S.) and said he was going to stab her, the criminal complaint alleges.
The mother screamed at Scott that her daughter was hurt. Scott tried to comfort the child .
The mother said to Scott, “you hurt her, now you have a problem. Don’t touch her, you already did the damage.”
The daughter said Scott hurt her with his keys the complaint alleges
On November 23, Bristol Borough Police met with the the Morris’ at their home and inquired about the knife that was in their possession and they refused to return the weapon to police, court records show.
Scott is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 2, at Bristol Borough District Court.
Editors Note: Joanne contributed to the publication of this story.