New Haven police have arrested a 51-year-old man accused of striking his stepson in the head with an aluminum baseball bat.
Police responded to Carlisle and Liberty streets at 7:22 p.m. on Thursday to investigate an assault and found a 17-year-old boy unconscious next to a chain-linked fence.
His girlfriend, who was crouched down beside him, told investigators that the boy tried to intervene as his stepfather, Salvador Rivera, of New Haven, and his mother were arguing.
The teen stepped in to protect his mother and this provoked Rivera to focus his attention on his stepson, police said. Then, the boy's mother tried to intervene, police said.
The mother said the teen grabbed a kitchen knife as the argument intensified, but dropped it at her request and ran to the back yard.
Rivera then went after the boy, grabbed an aluminum baseball bat and chased him to the front yard, as the mother and girlfriend tried to intervene, police said.
The boy’s mother told police that Rivera swung the bat at the teen's head, causing the victim to stumble backward, but the woman and teenage girl were able to keep Rivera from further attacking his stepson, police said.
The teen's girlfriend helped him escape down Carlisle Street, where a woman who saw him hurt and staggering called 911, according to police.
EMTs from the New Haven Fire Department also responded.
The officers arrested Rivera and charged him with assault in the first degree, assault in the third degree, breach of peace in the second degree and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
Police said the victim's condition has improved and he is expected to be released soon if he has not been released already.