Salvatore Salvio, a heroin user, turned himself in to Belle Vernon police on Saturday to answer for charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment.
As of Sunday, Salvio was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison. Bond information and pending court dates are not listed.
When Salvio's girlfriend returned home from work on Wednesday, she found her son upstairs crying. With clear signs of injury to his face, and what appeared to be puncture wounds to both feet, she attempted to leave the home with her son. It is alleged that Salvio said he "threatened to knock her out" if she left. She managed to get out of the house and went to a neighbor's home to seek help, and Salvio took her cell phone and left in the car before police responded.
A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who responded to the home reported that the boy's injuries included severe bruising and swelling to his forehead, eyes, nose, lips, cheeks, and chin. Additionally, there were puncture marks on the boy's feet, suspected to have been cause by a syringe.