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December 13, 2013

Area man indicted for removing child's teeth

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — A man charged with using pliers to remove three permanent teeth from a foster child has been indicted, authorities said.

State police at Cobleskill and the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of Steven D. Walker, 34, of Gallupville, on Wednesday. The indictment was handed up to Schoharie County Court charging Walker with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The investigation was initiated after the child complained of mouth pain while at school. Troopers described the victim as mentally disabled.

Walker had been arrested Nov. 21 on felony assault and misdemeanor accounts of endangering the welfare of a child, troopers said. 

The child was removed from Walker’s home after she was examined by a state police forensic odontologist and an oral surgeon.

As a result of many telephone calls from concerned citizens and local media outlets, a custodial account has been established for the 8-year-old victim, a media release from troopers said.

Paul Brady, commissioner of the Schoharie County Social Services, has established an account at the NBT Bank Branch located at 271 Main St., Schoharie, NY 12157.

Anyone interested in donating to this cause may do so at any NBT branch by sending in a check or money order made payable to “Paul Brady Custodian.” Proceeds will benefit the child, the release said.