On 7/2/2018 the Newville Police Department received a report of child abuse from Cumberland County Children & Youth Services. CYS reported that 5 children between the ages of 4-11 were alleged to have been abused in the Newville Borough.
All 5 children were interviewed. They reported being abused by their mother's boyfriend David Michael Flaherty since January of 2018. They reported being beaten with multiple instruments by Flaherty. The children reported having black and blue marks, having trouble sitting or sleeping and having trouble with mobility.
Flaherty was also alleged to have given the children extraordinarily hot or cold baths.
Flaherty was charged and taken into custody on August 3, 2018. He is charged with 5 counts of Endangering Welfare of Children and 5 counts of Simple Assault. Flaherty was arraigned and bail was set at $10,000. His preliminary hearing scheduled for August 9.