Man Catches Kids Vandalizing Home, Detains Them For Police - Faces Jail Time For "Child Endangerment"

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There was a time in this country where, if you caught kids doing something wrong, you beat their butt, and then took them to their parents to inform them of they did.  The adult would come to an agreement for restitution, with the child present, either in the form of payments, or by having the kids work of the debt they had created.
Oh, and the butt beating you got from the person who caught you was nothing compared to the one you would receive when got home.  You would learn the meaning of respecting others and their property and persons.
Damage inside the home (Photo Credit: WHAM-TV)
Those days are long gone as political correctness and a Dr. Spock mentality for raising children has become the societal norm.  "Reasoning" with the child, and putting them in "time out" have replaced a good old fashioned spanking. Other parents and grandparents in the neighborhood, who once corrected dangerous or bad behavior, and were even expected to do so with a sharp word or swift swat on the rear, now remain silent for fear of confrontations or even lawsuits from the parents of the offending children.
The lesson that kids have learned is that there are no consequences to their behavior.  Talking back to adults, and vulgarity from eight, nine or ten year-olds is far too commonplace.  Respect of others is not given, because none is demanded. Young punks speak of not being "disrespected" while giving no one else any respect.
The parents of these young thugs are a case-in-point.  They don't hold their little darlings responsible for $40,000 damage to a neighbors' home, but accuse the man who caught them of child endangerment for daring to lay his hands on them , and putting them in a closet until police came.
And we wonder why there is a lack of civility in today's culture?

Jun. 17, 2013 7:55am Billy Hallowell

Jesse Daniels, 53, is accused of endangering the welfare of children for the actions he took after catching four boys in the act of vandalizing his father-in-law’s home over the weekend. With extensive damage done to the inside of the house, Daniels and his wife called 911 — and he went inside of the residence to confront the boys.
But that’s not all: Daniels put the kids inside of a closet while he waited for authorities to arrive. It was this latter action that created an even bigger legal conundrum.
The vandalism unfolded in Clyde, New York, a small town between between Rochester and Syracuse. Daniels lives next door to the home — his father-in-law’s residence that is under continued renovation — and when he heard noises and saw the lights on, he knew something was wrong.

WHAM-TV has more about how the incident unfolded:
The incident unfolded 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 and saw an individual striking a wall with a hammer. 
Daniels tells 13WHAM News he ran next door and found four children, ages eight and ten, doing damage to the property.  Daniels said he took a hammer from one of the kids and corralled them into a closet while he waited for police to arrive.  Daniels estimated that the damage to his father-in-law’s property exceeds $40,000.  
Clyde Village Police took the children back to their parents and filed felony criminal charges of Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.  Those cases will be handled in Family Court and the results of each case is likely to remain sealed.

Now, here’s where the details take a turn. Two days after this debacle, the police went back to Daniels’ home and arrested him. The parents of the children, claiming that the man threatened the kids with the hammer and was rough with them, insisted that charges be filed.
So, Daniels faces four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  The local man could face up to one year in county jail for each offense, meaning that a total of four years of detention, pending Daniels receives the max penalty, could be his ultimate ramification.
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