3 Gerry Residents Facing Child Endangerment Charges

GERRY — Three Gerry residents are facing child endangerment charges after a home was found to be in a “deplorable state and unsuitable for living.”

New York State troopers took 32-year-old Nikki Coulson, 24-year-old Jacob Atwell and 37-year-old Benjamin Frost into custody between Aug. 24 and Aug. 27.

Troopers had been called to a Gerry residence Aug. 24 for a report of a child hanging out of a second story window.

“Upon arrival, the troopers found the conditions of the home to be in a deplorable state and unsuitable for living,” state police said.

The child told troopers that he was only leaning out of the window to look at a bird, and after confirming that he was injured, was turned over to a relative pending an investigation by Child Protective Services.

Coulson, Atwell and Frost were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. They were processed at police barracks and issued tickets to appear in Gerry Town Court later.

According to the state police, Atwell and Coulson were charged in May for a “nearly identical incident, when the troopers checked the welfare of a toddler in Route 60 resulting in the discovery of the children living in squalor.”