Jesse Daniels was recently arrested for endangering the welfare of four children, who allegedly broke into and vandalized his father-in-law’s home in Clyde, New York (video below).
He told his wife to call 911 on Saturday evening after hearing noises from the house next door, where his wife's dad lives.
When he entered the house, Daniels saw four boys between the ages of 8 and 10 trashing the basement, reports 13WHAM.
Daniels said three of the four boys were each holding a hammer.
“So I grab a hammer the one hammer and the other three boys got hammers, now I don’t know what to do here, I said, 'You guys put that stuff down, what are you doing?'” said Daniels. “Now they’re startled because now they’re caught. I was fortunate that they were in that room that had a closet, so I put them in a closet.”
When police arrived, they charged the boys with second degree burglary and second degree criminal mischief.
However, the boys told police that Daniels threatened them with his hammer and grabbed one of them by the throat, which he denies.
If Daniels is convicted of all the charges, he could spend up to four years in prison. If the boys are convicted, they could get juvenile detention, but are likely to get probation and restitution.
To make matters worse, New York State law says that juveniles can only be held liable for damages up to $1500, even though they reportedly caused more than $40,000 worth of damage to the home.