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Police: Man dangled child over mall stairs

SCRANTON – A city man allegedly held a young child by an arm and a leg over the railing of a set of stairs inside the Mall at Steamtown.

Shawn Lamel Mayo, 26, of Market Street, Scranton, faces charges of reckless endangerment, child endangerment and simple assault for the April 19 incident.

According to an affidavit:

Scranton police were conducting a plain clothes detail inside the mall when they observed a man later identified as Mayo pulling a child through the mall’s center court.

Mayo then ran up a set of stairs away from the child and hid behind a tree so he could not be seen. As the child climbed the stairs, Mayo allegedly ran to him on a landing between the first and second floor of the mall.

He picked the child up by an arm and a leg, lifting him over the railing above an open area. Officers allegedly saw him lift the child over the rail twice.

The child was not injured and was placed into the custody of his mother, Tasia Davis.

Mayo was held for a lack of $2,000 bail after an April 19 arraignment. A preliminary hearing is set for April 26.

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