Police: Care Giver Took Autistic Man to Drug House

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM EDT

Amherst (WKBW) -- We now have more information about how Michael Donnelly spent those 24 hours when he went missing with an autistic man in his care. Michael Donnelly faces up to 8 years in prison for endangering the welfare of a disabled person and grand larceny.

Donnelly is led through the Amherst Police Department following his arraignment this morning. The former care giver for non profit organization People Inc disappeared from Amherst Sunday afternoon. In his care was Antonio, a non verbal man with severe autism. Donnelly was supposed to take Antonio to lunch and the park.Instead, police say Donnelly took Antonio with him to a drug house in Buffalo. "Apparently he went into the city to purchase drugs. Something went awry. He lost the van, and I guess he really didn't know what to do. He stayed put until he figured out a story or a way to get back." says Lt. Joseph LaCorte from the Amherst police.

The two men were found at Saint John Kanty church on Broadway Avenue in Buffalo nearly 24 hours after Donnelly took off. The van belonging to People Inc was found at a Broadway Avenue gas station. Three men in the van were arrested. Donnelly told the police the van was stolen.

Eyewitness News reporter Laura Gray asks, "Did Mr Donnelly seem remorseful when he was arrested? " Lt. LaCorte says,"My personal opinion was no."

Antonio was checked out at the hospital, and is said to be in good shape. Donnelly is held on 10 thousand dollars cash or 25 thousand dollars bond at the Erie County holding center.