Niagara Gazette

Crime

September 13, 2013

Deputies deal with two incidents of child endangerment on Wednesday

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies charged two men with endangering the welfare of a child in separate incidents on Wednesday morning.

About 10:45 a.m., the sheriff's office was alerted to an infant and toddler left unattended in a locked vehicle with the windows rolled up at the Summit Health Plex, 6934 Williams Road, Wheatfield. The caller said he confronted the father of the children and had left the area.

When a deputy arrived, he saw Jeffrey S. Galko walking through the parking lot with two small children. The duty asked if he'd been involved in a confrontation and Galko replied, "Yeah, some big guy was yelling at me. He was really mad and I don't know why."

Galko then admitted to the deputy that he had left his children, ages 1 and 3, in the car while he went into a doctors office to help his wife fill out paperwork. The deputy noted the temperature outside at the time was 83 degrees.

The deputy then contacted the caller who told the deputy he was at the doctor's office when he noticed the children in the car. He said they were left in the locked car with the windows rolled up for about 5 minutes. The man said he tried to open the door and when Galko came out of the office, yelled at him about the situation, called police and left.

The deputy noted the children appeared flushed with redness in their faces but did not appear to need medical attention.

Galko, 36, 8837 Pear Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and Child Protective Services were notified of the incident.

About the same time this was happening in Wheatfield, another deputy was driving down Route 93 in Ransomville on his way to underwater recovery team practice at the Youngstown Yacht Club when he noticed a man driving an ATV on the sidewalk with a 16-month-old child on his lap.

Neither were wearing a helmet.

The deputy said the ATV was traveling about 5 to 10 mph and the deputy met up with the driver, David S. Hailey at his home. He told the deputy he didn't think he or the baby needed a helmet or any safety equipment.

Hailey, 28, 2461 Youngstown-Lockport Road, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and Child Protective Services were also notified of the incident.

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