Three people have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after Erie County Deputies responded to an accident on the 400 in the Town of Elma Thursday night.
Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle sliding of off the 400 in the southbound lane. When deputies arrived, the found the occupants of the vehicle scattered on the median.
Deputies evaluated the driver, Maximillian Mathis of Williamsville, after they noticed he was intoxicated. Mathis was charged with Felony DWI-Drugs, endangering the welfare of a child, and violation of Leandra’s Law, for having a two-month old baby in the car.
The parents of the baby, Daniel Hart and Angela Mead of Buffalo, were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child because they allowed their child to be driven by Mathis, knowing he was under the influence of drugs.
The infant was turned over to a family member.
Everyone else was taken to the Sheriff’s Elma substation to be processed for arrest and will appear in Elma Town Court in February.
Deputies also contacted Child Protective Services who will investigate to ensure the safety of the child.