Cops: Riverhead man drunkenly threw, injured child

Diego Galdamez mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)
Diego Galdamez mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

A Riverhead man allegedly tossed a child into the air while drunk and didn’t catch her, causing the child to fracture her skull on the ground earlier this month, according to court documents.

Diego Galdamez, 29, is now facing misdemeanor charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Mr. Galdamez was taken into custody about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in connection with the June 1 incident, police said. According to court filings, Mr. Galdamez “after consuming numerous beers … threw [the child] into the air.”

The victim — whose age was not released — dropped to the ground and fractured her skull on the grass, court papers state. She was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment, according to the documents.

Mr. Galdamez was arraigned in Riverhead Town court Wednesday and released after posting $500 cash bail before Judge Allen Smith, police said.

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article did not include the judge’s name who arraigned Mr. Galdamez.