Sheriff: Homer man assaulted woman, child

HOMER -- A Homer man was arrested for assault Monday after he injured a woman and an infant at a village residence, then intentionally damaged their vehicle while taking them to a hospital, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher A. Francis, 32, of Homer also would not allow the woman to leave his presence, said Investigator Sergeant Mark Starner. Starner declined to say where Francis is accused of restraining the woman, citing an ongoing investigation. The incident was an issue of a physical domestic dispute and a Homer Town Judge has issued a full stay-away order of protection for the woman and the infant, he said.

The woman and child were treated at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, according to police. Starner declined to say if the pair were released from the hospital by this morning. Starner also declined to state how the woman and child were injured, citing the ongoing investigation, but noted the charges against Francis indicate there was physical contact between Francis and the injured.

Francis was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors. Also, Francis was charged with second-degree harassment, a violation, and multiple vehicle and traffic infractions.

Francis was arraigned about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in Homer Town Court and sent to the Cortland County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to return 4 p.m. Sept. 17 to Homer Town Court.