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Homeless man accused of attacking 3-year-old at park

June 9, 2011 |  7:22 am

Costa Mesa police arrested a homeless man Tuesday for allegedly throwing an object at a 3-year-old in Lions Park.

David Banks, 42, of Costa Mesa, who police identified as homeless, was arrested in connection with the incident. He was charged with felony child cruelty, assault and battery, assault of an officer, felony vandalism to a police unit and obstruction of justice.

Police received a call about 2:10 p.m. of a man hitting a young child and making the child cry in Lions Park, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Bryan Glass told the Daily Pilot. When officers responded, they saw a 3-year-old with a visible mark from where an object had hit the child, Glass said. While en route to the station after his arrest, Banks kicked out a rear window of the police car and was later charged with felony vandalism, Glass said.


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