HONESDALE - Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, announced April 10th that Steven Frank Wojtowicz, age 32, pleaded guilty to the Attempted Homicide of a 4-year old boy.
The attack on the boy began on Monday afternoon November 7, 2016, at a residence on Perkins Pond Road, in Berlin Township.
Wojtowicz punched and slapped the boy’s mother after getting agitated at the woman. Wojtowicz then repeatedly hit and threw the child. Wojtowicz threw the child head first into the arm of a couch saying that he hoped the child’s neck would break.
Wojtowicz made numerous other threats to the boy’s mother regarding killing her and the child including burying them in a shallow grave in the swamp behind the house.
The attack on the woman and her child started around 3:30 p.m. and lasted for approximately one hour.
Wojtowicz left the residence and then returned to continue to punch the child and kick the child in the head and face. He also choked the child.
The boy’s mother was eventually able to take the child and escape from Wojtowicz.
She ran to a neighbor’s house with Wojtowicz in pursuit. Wojtowicz was unable to gain entrance into the neighbor’s house and the neighbor called the State Police. Wojtowicz fled and the State Police were able to apprehend Wojtowicz and arrest him within hours.
In addition to pleading guilty to the Attempted Homicide of the child, a 1st degree felony, Wojtowicz also pleaded guilty to making Terroristic Threats to the child’s mother, a 1st degree misdemeanor.
In an unrelated case Wojtowicz pleaded guilty to DUI, a 1st degree misdemeanor, as the result of a September 10, 2016 matter prior to the above incident, when Wojtowicz was driving a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana and alcohol (BAC .130%). Wojtowicz had three small children in his vehicle at the time, including the 4-year old boy he assaulted on November 7th.
Wojtowicz is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, June 1, 2017. He faces a maximum of 30 years in jail and a maximum fine of $70,000.00.
Janine Edwards stated, “This assault on a helpless 4 year old child is unconscionable and cannot be tolerated. Wojtowicz was charged with attempted homicide and that’s what he pled to. I’m pleased with the swift actions of the Pennsylvania State Police to apprehend and arrest Wojtowicz and for their through and professional investigation which resulted in the guilty plea by this defendant.”