Arrest Made in Accidental Shooting of 3 Yr Old.
On January 4, 2018, Investigator Mayer of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew Howell, age 42, of Tooley Road in the Town of Bennington with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A Misdemeanor. He was issued an Appearance Ticket, which is returnable to the Town of Bennington Court on January 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Howell is the father of the injured child. Sheriff Gregory Rudolph reports, “The charge is the culmination of an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office with collaboration from the Child Protective Services Unit at the Wyoming County Department of Social Services and involvement of District Attorney Donald O’Geen. Although this was a terrible accident it was completely preventable. The loaded handgun was left unattended for minutes in the living room, but it was readily accessible to the child which was the most significant factor in determining the charge. No one wins in a case like this; it is heart wrenching to everyone involved. However, the father and mother provided immediate care, the Bennington Ambulance and Monroe Ambulance responded in minutes to provide advanced care and a highly trained staff at Oishei’s Children’s Hospital continued the lifesaving efforts, all of which prevented the ultimate tragedy. The child is still hospitalized, but doing well and we are all ultimately thankful and thrilled with that outcome.”