Man accused in Fairfield child care center attack pleads not guilty

By From page A4 | February 01, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A transient who allegedly attacked a West Texas Street day care center employee Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty Thursday to eight felony and misdemeanor charges.

Frank J. Lyons was ordered back to court Feb. 11 for a probable cause hearing. Lyons, who has a local criminal record dating back more than 15 years, faces felony assault and battery charges along with charges of false imprisonment, vandalism, child endangerment and resisting arrest.

The employee of the Growing Hearts Child Care Center told police that Lyons struck her several times in the head around 6:30 a.m. before she gathered up the three children at the center and took them out a back door of the center in the Winery Square shopping center.

The encounter with Lyons began with his banging on the front window of the center, claiming his children were inside. The employee unlocked the front door to talk to him when he attacked her, she told police.

Before police arrived, Lyons allegedly used a garbage can lid to break out a window of the business and snatched up a child’s backpack before police arrested him.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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