MAN CHARGED FOR ATTACKING CHILD: Ippolito allegedly drug boy through parking lot by his arm

COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man who has been charged for attacking a child is expected to plead guilty in Whitley County Superior Court.Dale Ippolito, 22, was arrested in September 2012 after witnesses said he abused a young boy in the parking lot of Parkview Whitley Hospital, in Columbia City.According to court reports, both of the child’s legs were in casts and witnesses saw Ippolito drag the boy by his arm through the parking lot and to his vehicle.While in the car, witnesses saw Ippolito beating the child and called 911.“When I asked Ippolito what he was doing, he told me he was just waiting for the boy’s doctor appointment,” Columbia City Police Officer Matt Minier said in a case report. Ippolito, boyfriend of the boy’s mother, told police he and the child came outside to wait in the car because the boy was acting up.“He said the child was fighting him and he just tried to calm him down,” police reports say.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 16 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.