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Massena man faces charges following custody battle with daughter’s aunt, grandfather

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CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - A 32-year-old Chase Mills man was jailed Wednesday night after being charged with stalking his two-year-old child.

Massena-based state police charged Stephen G. Olmstead with fourth-degree stalking, second-degree criminal contempt, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal trespass.

He allegedly entered the Curtis Welcher residence at 44 state Route 37C without permission at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, grabbed his two-year-old daughter and took her to his vehicle. He reportedly engaged in a physical and verbal altercation with Alisha Welcher in the driveway when she attempted to grab her niece back.

Olmstead also was charged with violating an order of protection signed in October 2013 in Waddington Town Court directing him not to harass, annoy or alarm Amanda Welcher or their children.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Ms. Welcher told police she had been sleeping in her bedroom when Olmstead entered the residence. Her father, Curtis Sr., said he had not seen Olmstead enter the house but had seen him with leave his granddaughter.

“(She) was sitting in a chair eating a sandwich. Stephen picked her up and walked out of the house with her,” he noted in the statement he signed for police.

He said he had seen the Olmstead vehicle drive by his home a couple of times when the child had been outside playing with her aunt’s boyfriend. He said he told Justin Currier to bring the child back inside the house. “I was in fear Stephen would try and take her from the front yard,” he said in his statement to state police.

Ms. Welcher said she went out to the driveway, and Olmstead already had her daughter in the vehicle being operated by his mother, Patti,

“Stephen told me he was taking the kids to the park. I tried to open the back door of the car, and Stephen grabbed me by the shoulder and neck and told me mo.” she told police.

She said she then attempted to reach in the driver’s side window to grab the keys so the Olmsteads couldn’t leave with her daughter. Ms. Welcher said Ms. Olmstead then grabbed her by the shoulder and told her the child was her granddaughter and she was taking her.

Amanda Welcher told police she was at work when the incident involving her daughter took place Wednesday evening. She said she had split up with Olmstead, the father of her two children, approximately two months ago.

She told state police investigators she recently went to Family Court in an effort to get a custody and visitation agreement.

“Stephen did not make any arrangements to pick up (their daughter) and take her, and he doesn’t have permission to go to my parents any time he wants to. Stephen did text me this morning asking me to drop (her) off in Chase Mills, which I couldn’t do,” she noted in her statement.

“I just want Stephen to leave me and the kids alone until the Family Court sets a visitation schedule. I am willing to work with Stephen’s mom on visitation,” she added in her statement.

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