A transient has been charged with child endangerment after police learned that he was living in a camper with four small children.
State Police said that they received information on April 5 from the Watertown Police Department that suggested the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Trooper Joseph Maurer said he observed a 1985 Datsun truck camper on State Route 3 in the Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, which was being operated by John M. Vinson, 32, of Mobile, Alabama.
The subsequent investigation revealed that no crime occurred for Vinson operating or possessing the vehicle, but it was determined that Vinson was intoxicated. Vinson was subsequently arrested for felony driving while intoxicated and related Vehicle and Traffic Law charges.
Police said that further investigation revealed that Michael D. Stevenson, 32, was living in the camper with his four small children. Police deemed the trailer housing as unsuitable for children and was likely injurious to the physical, moral, and mental well being of the kids.
This resulted in Stevensonís arrest for endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
Both Vinson and Stevenson were arraigned in the Town of Pamelia Court. Both were committed to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of bail. The children were placed in foster care