A Bridgeport, Ct. babysitter was arrested Thursday night for punching a teenaged boy he was watching, and the teen was arrested for jabbing the babysitter with a knife, police said.James Littlejohn, 26, of Fairfield Avenue, was charged with criminal attempt at second-degree assault, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and two felony counts of risk of injury to a child. He was held in lieu of a $5,000 court appearance bond.
Sgt. Kelly Connelly said that Littlejohn was babysitting his girlfriend’s three children Thursday afternoon. But when the woman, 30, got home after work at 7 p.m. she became alarmed when she saw that her son’s right cheek had a cut on it that was beginning to bruise. Littlejohn suffered cuts to his shoulder and buttocks.
Connelly said that Littlejohn, who works seasonally as a landscaper in Greenwich, explained to responding officers that he and his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son had been wrestling when the boy began to fight with him for real.
Littlejohn said he had to punch the boy to get him to stop and that is when the youngster grabbed a knife and started to jab him with it.
The boy told police the two were wrestling when Littlejohn began poking him with an auto injector that he uses for migraine headaches and began punching him in the face.The boy told police he grabbed the serrated kitchen knife to protect himself.
The boy was charged with assault and released in to his mother's care.