Child Recovers from Attack

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM EDT

Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW) - A seven-year-old girl was released from Women and Children's Hospital after suffering serious injuries in a violent attack by her mother's boyfriend. The girl and her mom are now at a safe house.

The attacker is David Alfonso, 28, of Lockport. The victim's family claims he was high on a drug known as Bath Salts at the time of the incident. The girl's mother said Alfonso chocked her daughter, broke her teeth then tried to rip off her jaw.

This violent attack ended when the mother stabbed Alfonso with a butcher knife. The young girl was able to escape to a neighbor's house. She was taken to the hospital and since has been release.

These Bath Salts are known to cause hallucinations and violent outbursts. The substances to make these drugs and the sale of the products have been outlawed in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo explained how people selling the drug got around the law before the new regulations were put in place.

"This premise was we're going to try and do this legally. We're going to sell it over the counter and there was no secrecy about it and this was chemical compound developed in a lab and a new compound so there had been no pre-existing law or regulation and they went about and literally created a commercial enterprise," Cuomo said.

Alfonso has not yet faced drug charges, although he has pleaded not guilty to Attempted Murder, Second-Degree Assault and Second-Degree Strangulation. Bail was set at $1 million and he is due back in court on Monday.