A Watertown man was arrested on contempt and other charges after he allegedly backed up his vehicle and struck a woman holding a newborn.
Victor B. LePonto, 33, of 312 Gale St., was charged by city police at 2:30 a.m. Monday at his home with felony first-degree criminal contempt, two counts each of felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor charges of second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said Mr. LePonto violated a Watertown City Court order of protection when he backed up his vehicle while Autumn J. Neff, 615 Academy St., Apt. 2, was standing near a passenger door holding a one-week-old boy, causing both of them to fall to the ground, during a domestic dispute at her home.
Ms. Neff suffered cuts on her foot and ankles, and the infant suffered a bruise on his forehead, police said.
Mr. LePonto was arraigned before City Judge Eugene R. Renzi, who sent him to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $2,500 bail.