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Cicero pair charged with assaulting children; 3-year-old in critical condition

A man and woman in Cicero are facing charges after Sheriff’s Investigators discovered a critically injured 3-year-old and two other bruised children at a home on Thompson Road.
Cicero (WSYR-TV) – A man and woman in Cicero are facing charges after Sheriff’s Investigators discovered a critically injured 3-year-old and two other bruised children at a home on Thompson Road.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to the home of Amanda Bishop and her live-in boyfriend John Bonitz, both 27, on Friday.

When they arrived, they found a 3-year-old with extensive bruising and marks on his body. The child was in and out of consciousness and taken to Upstate University Hospital.

They say a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old also had bruises and marks.

Investigators determined that Bonitz had punched and kicked the 3-year-old, causing internal injuries.

They also believe that Bishop struck the 7-year-old with a closed fist repeatedly.

The 7 and 10-year-old children are in the care of Child Protective Services.

The 3-year-old remains at the hospital in critical condition.

Bonitz was arrested on Saturday and charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Town of Cicero Court and taken to Justice Center in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Bishop was arrested on Tuesday and charged with assault in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, and obstructing governmental administration, all misdemeanors.

She was arraigned in Town of Cicero Court and is being held at the Justice Center in lieu of $10,000 cash or bond.

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