A 26-year-old Rockport man was sentenced April 13 to two years in jail for assaulting a child when the child would not fight an older sibling.

Pedro Delgado was sentenced in Waldo County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm. The sentencing was held there because that was where the judge was assigned that day. The case is a Knox County case.

Delgado was sentenced to four years in jail with all but two years suspended, placed on probation for two years after his release, and fined $300 for assault, endangering the welfare of a child and violating a condition of release.

According to a police report filed with Knox County Superior Court by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Justin Twitchell, Delgado assaulted a child with a sandal after the child refused Delgado’s direction to fight the child’s older sibling. The younger child suffered bruises to the face, hip and thigh.

The children’s mother and a pediatrician reported the case to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which reported the case to the sheriff’s office.

Delgado initially denied the allegations, according to the police report. He claimed the younger child fell on icy steps. Delgado also told police he had no sandals.

Delgado pleaded guilty and was sentenced.

Delgado was on probation at the time of this incident for assault against a woman. He had been ordered to take a batterer’s intervention course.