Police: Man assaults infant at Mansfield Holiday Inn

Katherine McInerney

A 22-year-old man faces 15 years in prison, after choking an 11-month old baby and her mother at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, according to police.

Mansfield police arrested Matthew Werner just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Werner has various addresses in Brockton, New Hampshire and New York.

He is accused of physically assaulting Amber Roberts, 22, of Laconia, N.H., and her infant daughter, Destiny Roberts.

The couple was staying at the Mansfield hotel and had paid through March 7, Police Chief Arthur O’Neill said.

Officers responded to a call of domestic disturbance and found that Werner, who is not Destiny’s father, had struck the baby and yanked her from her mother’s arm by placing his arms around her throat. Werner then slammed Destiny on the floor, “stopping only with the pleas and screams of the mother,” O’Neill said.

Werner then proceeded to choke mother Amber Roberts before officers arrived and intervened.

Werner was charged with assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury, which is a 15-year felony, O’Neill said. He was also charged with domestic assault and battery on Amber Roberts. After further investigation by Mansfield detectives on Wednesday, Werner was also charged with attempted murder against Destiny Roberts.

Werner was arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Wednesday and is being held without bail pending the outcome of a March 10 dangerousness hearing.

Both Destiny and Amber Roberts were taken to Caritas Norwood Hospital for evaluation. Destiny has been released to the care of the Department of Social Services, and a custody hearing will take place, O’Neill said.