A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to a year in jail for punching a nearly 2-year-old in a Newport Beach park for no reason when he was intoxicated, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Bruce Michael Navarro pleaded guilty Friday to single felony counts each of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and child abuse and endangerment and a misdemeanor count of battery on a peace officer.
Navarro was in Marina Park on May 11, 2019, when the unprovoked attack occurred, said Kimberly Edds, public information officer for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Navarro just walked up to the 22-month-old boy and punched him in the face, Edds said.
The boy’s father tackled Navarro and held him until police arrived, Edds said.
Navarro participated in a 12-week substance abuse treatment program and then extended it another six weeks before his case was resolved, Edds said.
Navarro was placed on two years of formal probation.
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