WRIGHT, N.Y. - The man accused of using pliers to pull out three permanent teeth from an eight-year-old disabled child's mouth who was in his care, is expected in court on Wednesday.
Steven Walker, 34, faces two counts of second degree assault, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
State Police say the Gallupville man removed three permanent teeth from the mouth of an eight-year-old mentally handicapped girl in November. However,family member previously say that the girl would pull out her own teeth.
The girl is the niece of Walker's wife, who became legal guardians of the girl in June of 2012.
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.
Following the attorneys conferenced briefly, the next pretrial hearing was scheduled for April 9, 2014.