Additional criminal charges have been filed against Gary Mathews, 45, the Elma man arrested Monday by State Police for allegedly burning the hands of a 15-year-old girl by keeping them in a bowl of bleach for about 10 minutes as a form of punishment more than a week ago.
Based on additional investigation by state troopers and Erie County Child Protective Services agents, Mathews was charged Wednesday with two more counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a third-degree assault. Officials said the new charges were linked to evidence that Mathews punched a family member who tried to help the girl and because he refused to get medical care for the victim for five days.
The injured girl has been transferred from Women and Children’s Hospital to Erie County Medical Center’s burn unit where she remains in stable condition and continues to be treated for her injuries.
Mathews is remains in custody at the Erie County Holding Center without bail.