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Man accused of pulling child's teeth due in court

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WRIGHT, N.Y. - The Schoharie County man, accused of using pliers to pull teeth out of a child's mouth, is due back in court Tuesday night.

Steven Walker, 34, is scheduled to appear in Town of Wright court Tuesday, facing assault and child endangerment charges.

State Police say the Gallupville man removed three permanent teeth from the mouth of an 8-year-old mentally handicapped girl, who was in his care.

The girl is the niece of Walker's wife, who became legal guardians of the girl in June of 2012.

A family member previously told NEWS10 ABC that the girl would constantly pull out her own teeth.

Walker was arrested after the child complained about mouth pain to her guardian and aunt, Jessica Walker. The girl was brought to the dentist who observed permanent teeth had been forcibly removed. The dentist contacted the Schoharie County Child Protective Services.

State Police allege that the teeth were forcibly removed from the victim with a plier type implement. A forensic odontologist and oral surgeon examined the child's mouth and concluded three of the child's teeth and been forcibly removed. 

Walker has been charged with two felony assaults and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. In November Walker's bond was increased from $10,000 to $15,000 after the prosecution expressed concerns of Walker leaving the area. The maximum penalty for a Class B Felony Assault is 25 years in prison.

Authorities have told NEWS10 ABC their investigation is ongoing and other people may be facing charges in this case.

 

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