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Police: Man high on bath salts held knife to child’s throat

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jul 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-19 13:42:54-04

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WTVR) –  A man who said he was high on bath salts when he put a knife to the throat of a 5-year-old boy appeared in a Syracuse, New York courtroom Thursday. Jesse Claflin, 31, was arraigned on charges of Unlawful Imprisonment, Menacing, Endangering the welfare of a child and Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Syracuse police arrested Claflin Tuesday after they said he walked up to a child sitting on a front porch and put the knife to the boy’s throat.  Police said the child’s 29-year-old uncle saw the incident and punched Clafin in the face.

After the hit, police said the suspect released the child and ran. When police found Clafin they said he threatened to kill himself. He was eventually arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment. Clafin said he was high on bath salts during the incident. reported a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Monday.