Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — The family of a 7-year-old girl who was viciously assaulted by a 28-year-old man on Monday say bath salts are to blame.
Bail was set at $1 million on Wednesday for David L. Alfonso in Lockport City Court. He has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation. He pleaded not guilty and is being held at the Niagara County Jail. Alfonso has a return court date at Lockport City Court on Monday.
Police say Alfonso strangled and tried to rip the jaw off the girl. Police have not released a motive but the girl’s grandmother told Channel 4 News that Alfonso was on bath salts at the time of the attack.
“He was on some kind of drugs,” Maxine Townsend said. “I found out what he was on … bath salts.”
And Townsend isn’t the only one who thinks so, according to Channel 4 News, neighbor Brian Sullivan agrees.
“I’m quite certain that he had to be under the influence of some mind-altering drug in order to do something like that to a 7-year-old girl,” he said.
The mother of the girl told police that Alfonso attacked her daughter in the house and choked her until she was unconsciousness. He then placed his hand into her mouth and broke out teeth. He also caused an apparent tongue injury and tried to rip her jaw off.
The mother stabbed Alfonso with a butcher knife to get him to stop, according to the report.
It’s not clear how the girl escaped. She ran to her grandmother’s house on Church Street about two blocks away.
Townsend told Channel 4 News the girl had been living with her and had returned to the home Monday to gather some clothes when she was attacked by Alfonso.