Police: Man faces charges for leaving 1-year-old alone, assaulting his mother

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. —

Police said a Lawrence County man who was trusted to babysit a little boy is facing charges for leaving him alone.

Emanuel Sanders, 28, was allegedly intoxicated when he was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a 1-year-old child.

Police said Sanders pushed and punched the toddler’s mother after they got into a fight at the home of a friend in New Castle.

“They got into an argument about the child being left by himself and apparently the argument turned physical,” said David Cumo of New Castle police.

Police said after officers checked to make sure the child was OK, they left because the mother refused to file charges.  A short while later, police said they responded to a second 911 call.  A visibly impaired Sanders threatened to shoot the woman and her family, they said.

“There was a firearm involved, but our officers were able to respond quickly to de-escalate the situation,” said Cumo.