Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Livonia resident on a felony charge following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On May 31st, 2021, at approximately 9:00am, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on Woodruff Road, in the Town of Livonia, for the report of an active domestic dispute. The investigation revealed that the dispute had been taking place intermittently over the course of a couple of days and that on May 29th, while at the same location, 48 year old James B. Childs of Livonia, had physically choked a female individual which caused the loss of consciousness. This incident also occurred in front of a young child.
Childs was arrested and charged with felony Strangulation in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Childs was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Childs be held on $500 cash/credit or $1,000 secured bond.
Childs was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi. The Judge did remand Childs to the custody of the Sheriff, setting bail at $500 cash or $1,000 secured bond.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Childs at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Martin Herkimer and Deputy Dave Richardson. The incident was handled under the command leadership of Sergeant Joseph Breu.