A Denver man was sentenced Friday to state prison for beating a 6-year-old girl in October, causing a brain bruise and other injuries.
Anthony R. Dickersheid will serve 2 to 4 years in prison, according to Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn’s sentence.
Dickersheid pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and endangering a child in exchange for the sentence, according to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Sarno, who arranged the plea agreement.
Judge Spahn made Dickersheid, 27, eligible for a boot program within the state-prison system.
In a police interview, Dickersheid admitted to beating the girl – his girlfriend’s daughter – Oct. 14 inside a School Court home, when he had sole custody of her.
The child’s mother told police the girl wasn’t hurt before she left for work on that night.
The girl, who is since home recovering, sustained a brain bruise and bleeding of the brain, according to doctors who treated her at Hershey Medical Center. The doctors opined the injuries weren’t self-inflicted or caused by an accident.
The girl told investigators Dickersheid threw her off a bed onto a floor.
East Cocalico police Detective Keith Neff filed charges
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