DuBOIS — A 33-year-old DuBois man is facing assault charges, according to a criminal complaint filed at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office in DuBois.

On Oct. 23, DuBois City Police charged David Joseph McElwee, DuBois, with misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and assault and a summary count of harassment.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, police received a report of an alleged child abuse on a 12-year-old boy at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3. After receiving this information, a forensic interview of the child was scheduled and conducted on Oct. 5.

During the interview, the child stated that McElwee abused him multiple times at his residence. He said that McElwee would pick him up and slam him against the wall. He also stated that he smacks him across the face so hard that his glasses would fly off his face and land several feet away.

The child also told the police that McElwee threw his cell phone at him and struck him in the leg. He would also make the child do wall squats while holding heavy objects, the affidavit said.

The juvenile said these incidents would happen on a regular basis but that the actions above occurred between Sept. 20-27.

Pictures taken by the juvenile’s mother were provided to police. The photos taken on Sept. 30 showed the juvenile with bruising on his arms and legs that are consistent with the juvenile’s statements, the affidavit said.

Another photo provided to the police showed that the juvenile’s lower back was bruised in January. The juvenile advised the police that the bruising came from McElwee hitting him with a paddle.

During the interview, the juvenile also told police that he would see multiple people in and out of McElwee’s residence and that his father was allegedly selling cocaine. He stated that he observed scales, small baggies and syringes or “needles” around the house. The juvenile also stated that McElwee’s friend would come to the residence and force him to smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco.

McElwee’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30 at Ford’s office.

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