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Lewiston man admits to assaulting 5-year-old boy

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Posted at 8:56 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 20:56:28-04

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Lewiston man has admitted to seriously injuring a 5-year-old boy, according to the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office.

The district attorney, along with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, say 49-year-old Michael Wilson, Sr., pleaded guilty to first degree assault, second degree attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wilson was charged back in April after investigators say he injured the child at a residence on Lewiston Road.

Officials say the child survived his injuries.

An investigation determined Wilson also subjected another child to physical abuse at the residence.

The district attorney’s office says Wilson faces more than 25 years in prison.

Wilson’s fiancée and daughter remain under investigation in the case.

“I am proud of the work of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and members of my staff for their diligence in pursing justice in this emotionally charged case. Specifically, I commend Lieutenant Tracy Steen, First Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma and Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco for their professionalism and compassion in this very sensitive investigation. We continue to receive regular updates on this sweet young boy and he is thriving under the loving care of his guardians,” says Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek.

“Cases involving physical abuse of a young child is very difficult on my Deputies and Investigators. I thank them for their hard
work and perseverance in putting this case together. I am very proud of their work,” says Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti.