LEOMINSTER — A girl’s stepfather and live-in mother were arrested Thursday on charges related to the several alleged violent assaults on a child in their custody, including breaking the child’s jaw this week, according to court records.
Matthew M. Mark, 35, of Patton Street, Fitchburg, and Lena M. Ferrarini, 34, of State Street, Leominster, were arrested after the child, whose age is unknown, reported that Mack allegedly struck her with a belt in the summer of 2018 causing injury, punched her in the face two weeks ago with his hand in a boxing glove in an attempt to injure her but preventing a noticeable mark, and then struck her on May 29 breaking her jaw and slapping her on the face causing a black eye, according to court and police documents.
The day before during an altercation, the alleged victim told police, Mack hit her head against a wall, causing her nose to bleed.
Ferrarini was arrested for also allegedly striking the girl on May 29, watching without stopping the assaults on her by Mack, and telling the girl to lie about the black eye that resulted from one of the attacks, according to court and police documents.
Police said the victim had injuries consistent with her descriptions of the attacks.
As a result of the alleged assaults, Mack was charged with two counts of assault and battery and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
During Mack’s arraignment in District Court Thursday, he had a violent outburst, according to documents.
Judge Mark Noonan ordered him held because he was on probation for a prior armed robbery conviction and set a cash bail of $15,000 and a surety bond of $150,000. If he posts bail, he is ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.
The child’s live-in mother, Ferrarini, was charged with one count of assault and battery, three counts of reckless endangerment of a child and one count of intimidation of a witness, according to court records.
Ferrarini, who was released after posting a $1,500 cash bond, was also ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.
Both are due back in court on June 24.
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