Man Stops Kids Vandalizing House —Now He Might Go To Jail
Charged with child endangerment for putting kids in closet until cops arrived
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2013 3:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – You see someone smashing a hammer into a house you've been renovating. You call 911 and run inside, where you find four boys, aged between eight and 10, in the middle of some $40,000 worth of vandalism. What do you do? Upstate New York man Jesse Daniels locked the kids in a closet until the cops arrived—a move that could now send him to jail on four charges of endangering the welfare of a child, reports 13 WHAM. He faces a maximum sentence of a year in county jail for each charge.

"One person was sitting on the floor and the other ones were swinging, just swinging crazy," says Daniels. He claims he took a hammer off one kid before corralling them all into the closet. "I said, 'Listen, you guys are staying here until the police come, period,'" he says. But the boys and their parents tell a different story. They say Daniels threatened the kids with the hammer and grabbed one boy by the throat. "I understand they were in the wrong but there are other ways to handle it," says one father. "He knew who the kids were. You don't sit there and torment them and tell them you're going to bash their skulls in with a hammer." The four boys face felony charges of second degree burglary and second degree criminal mischief.

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Jun 17, 2013 8:25 PM CDT
Too bad it's not the good ole days when you could shoot them with rock salt.
Jun 17, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
The man should file a civil lawsuit against the parents and children. If he ends up in jail, the parents should be sued for the damages, his time and loss of income along with the psychological stress caused by jail time, court costs and attorney fees. That includes the impact to his family, employer,and any other associates, as well as, himself.
Jun 17, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Here's how to handle a situation like that: You witness kids destroying your property. You call 911. The police come to inspect the damage and hopefully the kids doing it. You give the cops your story. If the kids run off before the cops get there, you still give them your story, a description and if you know them, even more information. The investigation begins and the kids are prosecuted. This looks like another example of a grown man wanting to take out his hostilities on the kids. How many of us as kids did bad stuff like this and are thankful we weren't nearly killed by somebody like this fellow? Thanks goodness they weren't assaulting somebody. I've had my juvenile delinquent moments and I've also worked in law enforcement. I sympathize with the guy but people like him make the cops' job harder. Why do we treat inanimate objects like human beings? Property can be replaced; human lives cannot.