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January 9, 2013

Probe continues in child threat case

A Walton woman arrested Monday for threats over Facebook to various individuals, including children, remains in Delaware County jail on $10,000 cash, or $20,000 bond, deputies said Tuesday.

Jennifer Morris was arrested on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, according to a media release from Walton police. The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are pending.

She is due to appear in Walton Village Court at 10 a.m. Jan. 30, Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said. She was assigned Oneonta lawyer Robert Gouldin. He did not return a call for comment.

The incident began Saturday, according to the media release, when Walton police received a complaint of unauthorized access to a Facebook account. Subsequently, several more threats were received by other individuals in and around the village and town of Walton, leading to an extensive investigation conducted by Walton police and Delaware County deputies, which led to the arrest.

Walton Central School, which followed lockout procedures and had an absentee rate of about 50 percent Monday, had returned to normal Tuesday, Interim Superintendent George Mack said. The absentee rate was in the normal range of about 10 percent.

Counselors and teachers are always available to talk with students about issues concerning them, he said. While he did not know of any specific discussions Tuesday relating to the incident, he encouraged those who need the service to use it.

“It’s understandable some would benefit from it,” he said.

Walton police said no new information was available Tuesday. Police Chief Brian Laauser was not available for comment.

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