Nashua dad accused of assaulting son for not eating Pop-TartBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
April 12. 2017 4:45PM
NASHUA — A man with an extensive criminal history has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his 6-year-old son after he would not eat his Pop-Tart.
Jason Trythall, 34, of 21 Mulberry St., apt. A, has been charged with second-degree assault and domestic violence second-degree assault for the incident.
Authorities received the assault report on Feb. 25 from the child’s grandmother, who has custody of the boy. She said that when she picked him up after a visit with his father on Feb. 25, the boy showed her a bruise on his left arm.
“(He) disclosed that his father did that to him earlier in the day because he would not eat his Pop-Tart,” says a police affidavit on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.
The grandmother notified Merrimack police about the alleged incident and an investigation was launched by authorities in both communities.
The child told police that Trythall was mad at him for not eating his toaster pastry, and that Trythall grabbed his left arm and said, “Eat your damn Pop-tart.” The boy told police that it hurt when his father allegedly grabbed his arm, adding he did not feel safe at his father’s residence in Nashua.
Trythall told police conflicting reports about the incident, initially telling police that he noticed a bruise on the child’s arm as well and reported it to the New Hampshire Division of Children Youth and Families, states court records. However, police said they contacted the agency and it received no report from Trythall.
Eventually Trythall told police he grabbed the child’s wrist because he was not eating his Pop-Tart and instead “throwing it around the apartment,” states a police affidavit.
A woman who was at Trythall’s residence on the day of the alleged assault told police that she did not witness the incident, but that the 6-year-old boy showed her a bruise on his arm and said his father hurt him earlier that day, according to court documents.
Trythall was arrested on Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Nashua. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail and will be back in court for a probable cause hearing on April 25.
In the meantime, he has been ordered to have no unsupervised contact with his son, states court records.
Trythall has a history of criminal activity, and has been convicted of 16 misdemeanors since 2006, according to court documents. He was also convicted of two felonies in 2015.
In December of 2016, numerous charges against Trythall involving an alleged attack against a woman in the Gate City were dropped. At the time, the victim told police that Trythall allegedly laid on top of her during the early morning hours of July 24, 2016, choked her, sexually assaulted her and stole her cell phone before smashing it with a hammer, states court records.
Trythall told a different version of events to police, claiming that the victim wanted to engage in sexual activity with him that night, according to court documents. In that case, three felony charges of second-degree assault and aggravated felonious sexual assault, along with charges of theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief were all dismissed.