Case Against Lockport Man Will Be Heard by Grand Jury

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM EDT

LOCKPORT, NY (WKBW) - An attempted murder case against a Lockport man will now be heard by a Niagara County Grand Jury.

Police say 28-year-old David Alfonso brutally attacked his girlfriend's 7-year-old daughter. Monday during a preliminary felony hearing, prosecutors called a key witness in the case to testify. Danielle Rubin, a tenant on Church Street in Lockport testified to hearing a loud bang on her door New Year's Eve. Rubin said she discovered the 7-year-old girl covered in blood, missing teeth, screaming quote, ' David is trying to kill me'. Rubin claimed the child also had severe red marks around her neck and called 911 immediately.

"She was terrified, I've never seen a child so scared in my life," said Rubin while on the stand. "She kept screaming and crying."

Rubin says the victim's grandmother lives in the upper apartment of her dwelling on Church Street in Lockport. Investigators say the girl was unable to speak due to severe damage to her jaw and she was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo where she remained for several days. Detectives say the young girl is doing much better now and has been reunited with her mother. Both remain in a safe location provided by police.

Police believe the attack happened at a home on Monroe Street in Lockport, only a block away from where the 7-year-old was found by Rubin. During Monday's hearing, Lockport City Court Judge William Watson found there was enough evidence to present the case to a Niagara County Grand Jury. Alfonso remains behind bars on $1 million bail. The 28-year-old has been charged with attempted murder, strangulation and second degree assault.