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Boston troopers’ investigation leads to arrest of Elma man

Gary Matthews
BOSTON — The New York State Police have lodged additional charges against Gary Mathews, 45, who was arrested for assault second and endangering the welfare of a child, on April 8, after an investigation was done by Boston state troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The charges stem from an incident, in which police said Mathews submerged the hands of a 15-year-old female child in bleach, for up to 10 minutes, as a form of punishment.

The continued investigation, by the state police and the Erie County Child Protective Services, resulted in Mathews’ facing more charges, in connection with the case.

The subject is being additionally charged with two more counts of endangering the welfare of a child and assault in the third degree.

The new assault charge stems from a report that, when Mathews forced the child’s hands into the bleach, a family member attempted to intervene, on behalf of the child, and was punched in the face by Mathews.

Additionally, the subject refused to render medical assistance to the victim for five days, following the incident.

Mathews remains at the Erie County Holding Center, without bail.

The young victim has been transferred from Women’s and Children’s Hospital to Erie County Medical Center’s burn unit, where she remains in stable condition and continues to be treated for her injuries.

The investigation into this matter continues, by the state police and Child Protective Services.

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