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WATCH: Criminal w/ 16 Prior Convictions Assaults 4-Year-Old at Times Square

Despite a history of similar assaults, Mbaye claimed he 'drank a whole bottle of hand sanitizer' and was 'under the influence of an intoxicated, debilitating psychiatric episode...'

(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) A career criminal’s random assault on a 4-year-old boy last weekend exemplifies the soft-on-crime policies that reign in New York City and other major American cities, Louder with Crowder reported.

New York authorities granted 34-year-old Babacar Mbaye “supervised release” while he awaited trial on several misdemeanor assault charges connected to random acts of violence.

New York’s justice system released Mbaye—despite his having an extensive criminal background, including 16 misdemeanors convictions dating from 2009 to the present.

In broad daylight in Times Square, Mbaye walked behind 4-year-old Angel Rivera and sucker-punched him in the back of the head, causing him to fall on his back and strike his head against the pavement.

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The New York Post obtained security footage that shows the assault.

Rivera quickly stood up and put both hands on his head. Afterward, he said he felt pain in his head, but no serious injuries were reported from the vicious blindside.

Two courageous women, Rivera’s mother and another woman, ran after Mbaye, dragged him to the ground, and struggled with him for a few moments before police officers came to arrest him.

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Mbaye explained to the police that he hit Rivera because he “drank a whole bottle of hand sanitizer.”

“I shouldn’t have done this,” he said.

Authorities charged Mbaye with felony assault and reckless endangerment.

In the past month, New York authorities arrested and charged Mbaye for other random assaults, including one in which he “pushed a stranger and punched her twice in the shoulder” and another in which he “punched a stranger in the head,” the prosecutor said.

Judge Jay Weiner finally ordered New York authorities to hold Mbaye on $30,000 bond.

Thomas Kenniff, Mbaye’s defense attorney, said his client never had “any intent … to strike the child” but did so because he was “under the influence of an intoxicated, debilitating psychiatric episode.”

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