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No Charges Against Man Who Put Boys In Closet

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File photo of a judge's gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a judge’s gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a New York man who corralled four boys in a closet when he found them vandalizing a relative’s home with hammers.

Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy asked the judge in the town of Galen court to dismiss the four child endangerment counts against 53-year-old Jesse Daniels in the interest of justice. The judge granted the motion Wednesday evening.

Police charged Daniels this month after the parents of the boys, ages 8 and 10, complained that he handled them roughly after finding them damaging his father-in-law’s home in Clyde.

Daniels says he put the children in a closet until police arrived. He says the damage topped $40,000.

Defense lawyer Stephen Sercu says Daniels thanked the community for their support after the ruling.

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