NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 6-year-old child is in severe condition after being viciously assaulted by a homeless person in Queens.
The homeless man was on Metropolitan Avenue and Lefferts Blvd. in Kew Gardens when he chose a seven-year-old boy and then banged the child’s head into the pavement just before 5 p.m, according to police sources
CBS2’s Lisa Rozner has discovered that the child and his 10-year-old brother were waiting for a pizza delivery outside when the 35-year-old man addressed them and started the unprovoked assault.
The child’s grandfather Naftali Portnoy told, “You heard that scream, you knew something serious was going on, it’s a kid that was picked up and smashed to the ground, nothing less than that.”
Portnoy told CBS2 he noticed the suspect — who he says was shirtless at the time — and followed him for more than two blocks towards Lefferts Blvd.
That suspect was detained by officers reacting to the violent scene. He has been taken to Jamaica Hospital for a mental evaluation as the investigation proceeds. Police tell the man is emotionally upset and homeless.
The attacker has been recognized by police has Laurance Gendreau. The 35-year-old is now facing multiple charges including assault and harassment.
The child was brought to an area hospital with what police term as serious head injuries. Authorities say CBS2 the boy’s health has been stabilized, but he is still classified as critical. CBS2 has determined that the boy has brain hemorrhaging and injuries to his face.