A Bellmore father who works as a New York City police officer was arraigned Sunday and stands accused of punching his 3-year-old son in the face, according to Nassau County court documents.
Nassau County police arrested Jason Sharp, 37, an NYPD officer assigned to the Brooklyn gang unit at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. He was charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
According to a report published in Newsday, Sharp was arrested after investigators found that he punched his 3-year-old son in the face, causing swelling and bruising to the toddler’s right eye, cheek and the bridge of his nose. The young boy was hospitalized after the incident, police said. According to the Newsday report, that the boy told an officer, “My daddy punched me in the face.”
Authorities said Sharp also punched a hole in the wall of a second floor hallway in his Bellmore home while he was arguing with his wife. “I had an argument with my wife and punched the wall. I had a few drinks today,” Sharp was quoted as saying in court documents.
He was arraigned Sunday morning at First District Court in Hempstead, where he was released without bail. A judge issued three separate orders of protection against Sharp for his wife, son, and a 5-year-old child.
The NYPD told News12 Long Island that Sharp has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.
He could not be reached for comment and no attorney information was immediately available. Sharp is due back in a Hempstead courtroom on March 18 to face the charges.