A 27 year old Newark man has been arrested on charges of falsely reporting an incident after he reported to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office that his three week old child was sexually assaulted by a friend that was visiting his home in the town of Lyons.
Jeremy Austin gave a written statement that he witnessed the assault, but later recanted and told police he made up the allegations because he was mad at his friend. As deputies were investigating, it was determined the same child was brought into the doctor’s office on August 10th for treatment of an injury and red mark on her right arm. Austin claimed he didn’t know how the injury occurred, but later admitted he accidentally burned the child on her arm with a marijuana pipe.
Austin was also charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and making a punishable false written statement.He was sent to Wayne County Jail in lieu of bail.
An order of protection was issued to the child.