Man allegedly assaults woman while she holds his child

Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:23


SOUTHINGTON - A local man was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting a woman who was holding an infant at a local motel.

John McGill, 40, has been accused of grabbing the mother of his child, shaking her and striking her, according to police.

He also punched a lamp and damaged a shower rod during the dispute at Motel 6, located at 625 Queen St.

During the dispute, police said, the victim was holding her and McGill’s 8-month-old child, who was not injured.

The woman reported a minor injury as a result of the assault.

Police responded to the motel on the report of a man who was in the front office yelling and refusing to leave.

Officers located McGill in the parking lot, still yelling at bystanders, and identified him as the rowdy client.

Police later discovered that an assault had taken place between McGill and the victim.

He has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace and disorderly conduct.

McGill was held in custody overnight and arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said he has been convicted of failure to appear in court 11 times previously.

“He’s not coming back to court unless he comes back through that door,” state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said, referring to the area where defendants who are locked up are brought into the courtroom.

McGill was ordered held on $25,000, and his case was continued to Aug. 7. He did not enter a plea Tuesday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:23. Updated: Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:26.