Police arrested a 50-year-old Seneca Falls man following a child abuse report, which was received through New York State’s child abuse referral hotline.
According to the Seneca Falls Police Department, the report alleged that three young children were in a home where marijuana was being grown.
Seneca County Child Protective Services, along with officers from the Seneca Falls Police Department conducted a home visit.
While doing so, police located a marijuana grow operation in the basement of the home. Police say it was within ‘easy access’ to the children.
The homeowner, identified as Scott Walker, 50, of Seneca Falls, said that the marijuana was in fact his own.
Walker was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a violation of New York State Public Health Law; unlawful possession of mairjuana; and three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child.
The children, who were 7-, 8-, and 5-years-old did not return to the scene. They were taken off the property by a parent, according to police.
Walker is due in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later date.