Man charged in beating of two young daughters

Den­nis Hill

A Staten Is­land man is fa­cing at­temp­ted murder charges after he sav­agely beat his two young daugh­ters, in­clud­ing a month-old, while vis­it­ing a Frank­ford home last Wed­nes­day, po­lice say.

Den­nis Hill, 27, was also charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, en­dan­ger­ing chil­dren, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime and mak­ing ter­ror­ist­ic threats as he al­legedly tried to stab his eld­er daugh­ter, 4, with a din­ner fork.

The epis­ode oc­curred shortly be­fore 10 a.m. when Hill and the girls were in­side a house on the 1300 block of Sellers St. Re­l­at­ives of Hill’s friend live there, ac­cord­ing to a pub­lished news re­port. Phil­adelphia po­lice said that a quar­rel star­ted, and Hill “grabbed” the daugh­ters for­cibly.

In an at­tempt to stop the ap­par­ent phys­ic­al ab­use, wit­nesses tried to pull the girls away from their fath­er, po­lice said. Hill al­legedly dropped the month-old girl to the floor, while hold­ing the oth­er by the neck, chok­ing her and at­tempt­ing to stab her with a din­ner fork.

Wit­nesses ul­ti­mately took the chil­dren to safety, over­powered Hill and held him un­til po­lice ar­rived. The girls were taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren in stable con­di­tion. The in­fant had bruises of the face, neck, back and arms. The older girl had no vis­ible in­jur­ies, po­lice said.

Hill re­mains in Phil­adelphia pris­on in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is sched­uled for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Dec. 10 in Fam­ily Court. ••

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