Man faces drug, child-endangerment charges

GLOVERSVILLE – A city man was arrested Thursday after allegedly dragging his 11-year-old nephew during an argument and being in possession of heroin, police said.

Michael Blaney, 32, of 16 Seventh Ave., was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree attempted assault. Each charge is a misdemeanor.

Police said they went to Blaney’s address on Thursday to pick him up on a City Court bench warrant and other pending charges. But police said he attempted to flee from the residence when officers were on scene. He was taken into custody on a bench warrant for failure to appear on a vehicle and traffic violation, police said.

The other charges stem from a complaint where Blaney grabbed and dragged his 11-year-old nephew during an argument while at 31 Jay St., police said.

Detective Sgt. Mike Jory said a complaint was made to the Department of Social Services about Blaney abusing his nephew, which caused the Fulton County Child Protective Service to alert city detectives.

Police said in early October, detectives and a caseworker attempted to find and interview Blaney. When he was found at 200 Bleecker St., he had a small amount of heroin, Jory said.

“He knew he was going to be arrested, but we still had to interview the child after the incident in October, and he has been on the run since then,” Jory said this morning.

Blaney was arraigned before City Court Judge Traci DiMezza and sent to the Fulton County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.