Charges dropped against Clyde man

Posted at: 06/20/2013 10:38 PM
Updated at: 06/20/2013 11:27 PM
By: Lynette Adams

Earlier this week, a Clyde man was facing four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, that could have landed him in jail.

On Thursday, the district attorney in Wayne County announced he won't pursue those charges.

Jesse Daniels was accused of putting four children ages 8 and 10 in a closet after he says he discovered them vandalizing his father-in-law's home. Daniels says he put the children in the closet so they wouldn't escape before police arrived.

District Attorney Rick Healy says the case has gained so much attention primarily because of the ages of the children. However, as of today, he says there is no case and prosecuting it would not be in the interest of justice.

"Far as I'm concerned the case is closed as far as Jesse Daniels goes," says Healy.

Healy made it official sending a letter to Judge Lester Carr, saying he will not prosecute Jesse Daniels.

"I had opportunity to review the entire file, which I had not done before," says Healy. "I read the statements of the juveniles that were involved. I read Jesse Daniels statement and I felt that based on those facts and under the law in New York, he was justified in using physical force to detain the juveniles to detain them for the police. The force he used was not unreasonable."

News10NBC asked Healy about the parents of the children. They say charges should be filed against Daniels and he used too much force, which frightened their children.

Healy says, "I understand they feel that way, in fact, they felt there weren't enough charges brought against Mr. Daniels, but I don't agree with the parents of  the juveniles. They should have known where they were at the time and they should be concerned about any liability on their part, in my opinion."

Daniels estimates that about $40,000 worth of damage was done to the house. The district attorney says the parent may have to worry about being held liable because of the age of the children.