Wayne County man interrupts vandalism, now facing four counts of child endangerment
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC News) – A Wayne County man is facing four charges for endangering the welfare of a child after he interrupted an act of vandalism at a home he was renovating for his father-in-law.
The incident took place around 9 p.m. Saturday when Jesse Daniels said he told his wife to call 911 after he heard loud noises coming from the home next door.
Daniels tells ABC affiliate WHAM-TV he saw an individual striking a wall with a hammer and ran next door to find four children - ages eight and ten – doing damage to the property.
Daniels said he took a hammer from one of the children and corralled them into a closet while he waited for police to arrive.
He estimated the damage to his father-in-law’s property to exceed $40,000.
Clyde Village Police took the children back to their parents and filed felony criminal charges of burglary in the 2nd degree and criminal mischief in the 2nd degree.
Those cases will be handled in family court and the result of each case is likely to remain sealed from the public.
Police returned to Daniels' home on Monday and arrested him on four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to authorities, the parents of the children insisted on the charges.
The parents claim that their children were shoved into the closet, that one was grabbed around the neck, and that Daniels' threatened them with the hammer.
Daniels was arraigned on the charges and is due back in court later this month.
The maximum sentence on each charge is one year in county jail.
Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy tells WHAM-TV that the entire incident is still under investigation.
While Healy can decide not to prosecute, he said there is not enough information at this time to make a decision.
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