SPENCER, Mass. (AP) — A man from central Massachusetts is facing assault and child endangerment charges after police say he dunked his 2-month-old son in a reservoir while he and his friends laughed and cheered.
Nicholas St. Francis of Spencer was released on $500 bail after pleading not guilty Monday in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield.
The 23-year-old St. Francis allegedly submerged the screaming baby on Sunday while someone shot video.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that police were alerted when a friend of the baby’s mother who’d seen the video called 911 and said it appeared St. Francis was “trying to drown the baby.”
St. Francis told police he and his friends were copying YouTube videos he’d seen about teaching babies to hold their breath underwater and did not intend to harm the child.