Niagara Gazette


January 3, 2013

Grandmother say man who attacked 7-year-old was high on bath salts

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page