Watertown man accused of slapping the face of 3-year-old riding bicycle, throwing Gatorade bottle at woman’s face

WATERTOWN, NY —  Kenneth W. Miller Jr., 39, of 148 Maywood Terrace, Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 7:25 p.m. Monday, June 15, at 222 Moulton St. with two felony counts of first-degree criminal contempt, a single felony count of third-degree criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, and second-degree harassment.

Mr. Miller is accused of violating the terms of a Camden Town Court refrain-from order of protection when he allegedly slapped a 3-year-old male child in the face which knocked him off a bicycle during a domestic incident at about 5:00 p.m. Monday at 148 Maywood Terrace, according to court documents.

He is additionally accused of violating a Rome City Court refrain-from order of protection when he threw a full bottle of Gatorade at the protected party, April Kleppang, 37, striking her in the face, police said.

Mr. Miller also damaged a 52-inch television when he pulled it from the wall and smashed it on the ground, damaged a coffee machine, an air-fryer and a microwave when he cut the power cords during the same incident, police said.

Miller refused to have his fingerprints and photographs taken at about 7:27 p.m. Monday, police said.

He was being held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building pending arraignment in City Court.