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Police: Teen threatened to kill kids with knife if they didn't leave park

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

CHADWICKS, N.Y. (WKTV) - A teenager from Chadwicks is facing a slew of charges after police say he harassed a group of young children at Donovan Park, even pulling a knife on them, threatening to kill them.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. on Monday, August 26 at Donovan Park on Elm Street.

Authorities say Nicholas A. Neff, 17 of Chadwicks displayed a knife to a 12 year old girl and her two younger siblings - a 5 year old girl and a 4 year old boy - and threatened to kill them if they did not leave the park. New Hartford Police say the children began to leave the park but prior to leaving, the 4 year old and 5 year old needed to use the bathroom. After using the bathroom, Neff allegedly grabbed the 4 year old boy by his shirt and threw him into a wall inside the bathroom and then grabbed the 5 year old girl by her shirt and threw her onto the ground.

The twelve year old girl then grabbed her two younger siblings and ran home to their residence on Church Street. Neither child was injured during the physical altercation with Neff.

Officers subsequently located Neff walking on foot in the area and took him into custody.

He is now charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of second-degree menacing, two counts of second-degree harassment and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Neff was arraigned in Town of New Hartford Court by Judge VanSlyke and remanded to Oneida County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.

He is scheduled to appear in court on August 29, 2013 regarding these charges. Judge VanSlyke also issued an Order of Protection against Neff with the children being the protected parties.

Donovan Park officials are also being advised regarding this incident in regards to banning Neff from the park property.

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