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Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca man charged with felony assault after attacking a woman with a candle stick holder last summer faces new charges, according to police records.

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Jimmy L. Harris, 42, of 108 North Meadow Street, was charged in July 2014 with second-degree assault, records say.

Harris now faces additional charges of acting in a manner injurious to a child, according to the Ithaca Police Department’s defense activity logs. This second incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on March 4, 2015, records show.

The first arrest is still winding its way through the courts. Harris is scheduled to appear on the assault charge in September 2015, according to court officials.

Police say that around 4:30 a.m. on July 14, 2014, Harris “threatened to kill” a mother and her child with a knife.

He threw the candle stick holder at the mother, striking her “in the left side of her head and causing an approximate 2 to 3 inch laceration to her head,” court records say. The woman was hospitalized at the Cayuga Medical Center for her injuries.

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Harris was also charged with third-degree criminal mischief because he broke “multiple items” in the home’s living room, including a glass coffee table. Additionally, Harris was  accused of breaking a bedroom door in the apartment by throwing a pair of dumbbells at the door.

Also in the July incident, Harris also got into a “pushing and shoving match” with the 14-year-old, who suffered neck injuries, according to police. The child was trying to defend his mother, according to records.

“I saw Jimmy grab a knife and he told me that he was going to kill me,” the woman told police. “Jimmy threw the candle stick holder at my head, and it struck me … (The child) came out of his room, yelling, ‘Don’t hurt my mom.’”

The woman and the child were able to escape the apartment and call police for help.

Harris was charged with the misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree menacing.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.