La Plata, MD – James Ronald Lee, 27 of Brandywine, accused of assaulting a mother, her 2-year-old child and a bystander who attempted to assist while he was high on PCP Jan. 12 in La Plata, was arraigned in Charles County Circuit Court Thursday, Feb. 19 on six counts of first and second-degree assault.

Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West told Lee he faces a total of 75 years on the three first-degree assault charges and an additional 30 years and $75,000 in fines on the three second-degree assault charges.

According to police documents released by La Plata Chief of Police Carl Schinner, at 1:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, a La Plata officer on routine patrol in the area of Charles Street and Crain Highway (Route 301) observed a man assaulting a woman. He noticed that several citizens had stopped their cars and were holding the suspect on the ground when the officer arrived.

The officer’s investigation determined that the suspect entered a neighbor’s vehicle in the 100 block of Kalmia Court and asked her to drive him to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office because someone was trying to kill him. He also told her he had ingested PCP.

While en route to the sheriff’s office, the suspect left the front seat of the vehicle and began to “actively assault” a 2-year-old female child in the back seat. Witnesses reported that the man was attempting to gouge out the child’s eyes.

When the mother tried to intervene, the suspect began assaulting her as well as another citizen who stopped to render aid to the mother and child.

The child was transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for treatment of facial and eye injuries.

The citizen who sought to help and the mother were transported to Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata where they were treated and released.

Lee was transported to a medical facility where he was treated for a drug overdose.

The Town of La Plata and Chief of Police Schinner of the La Plata Police Department honored nine citizens at their Tuesday, Jan. 27 meeting at Town Hall for their response when the incident occurred.

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