Police: Havertown Woman Assaulted Boyfriend's Daughter

“She grabbed me really hard and my face hurts,” the girl told police.

A Havertown woman was arrested on Sunday after police say she assaulted her boyfriend’s daughter.

Amber Dawn Galvin, 31, faces charges of simple assault of a victim under age 12, harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from the October 21 incident.

According to court documents, Galvin and her boyfriend got in a verbal fight in their Manoa Road home at approximately 8 p.m. that evening. The argument got sufficiently heated that the man told his daughter to stay in her room and get ready for bed.

Shortly after the argument subsided and Galvin and her boyfriend separated, the man heard his daughter crying from her room. The girl told her father that Galvin got mad when she “talked back to her” and grabbed her face across the mouth and squeezed tightly as retaliation.

Police noted the girl had red and slightly swollen cheeks. When they asked her if she was okay, the child replied “she grabbed me really hard and my face hurts.”

Galvin was arrested and arraigned. She faces preliminary hearing on October 25. 

FRANKW October 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
St. Colmans School Yard 1976 Does your face hurt? Its killing me?
betty October 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The kid was probably being fresh and not listening. This is not abuse. When I was young we got more then this, now a days kids are jerks and need a good butt whipping like grandma would give. What a waste of tax payer money!
John H October 28, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Poor girl! 31 hitting a little girl is pathetic! Regardless; and Betty u don't know what else was going on in that home. I say job well done Haverford police! You never see the women get arrested, only the men! So they must know something wasn't right with her.
Betty November 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
She didn't hit the girl, she grabbed her by her checks. Much different. As a parent, never mind raising someone else's kid, when a kid is probably a constant behavior problem you get fustrated and what to get their attention. Face grabbing is nothing, Kids walking the street these days are jerks and could use more discipine at home. You don't know that anything was going on at home either JOHN H.
John H December 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
rasing someone elses kid? you seem to know alot Betty Constant problem? are you a little bird or something? who gives, a 31 year old girl shouldnt be touching a little girl, Sorry.


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