Ogdensburg man jailed without bail after allegedly punching 14-year-old son, violating previous court order
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 11:39 am

WADDINGTON – An Ogdensburg man is accused of punching his son with closed fist while in a moving vehicle, according to Massena-based state police.

Thomas D. Sawyer, 36, of Ogdensburg, was charged first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree assault, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by troopers in a reported domestic incident that occurred in a moving vehicle on Route 37, in the Town of Waddington.

Investigation revealed Sawyer, a passenger in the vehicle, struck his 14-year-old son with a closed fist, who was riding in the back seat of the car.

Two other children, ages 12 and 6, were also in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Sawyer also violated an existing St. Lawrence County Family Court Order of Protection, mandating that he not assault or harass his 14-year-old son.

Sawyer was arraigned in the Town of Waddington Court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail.

He is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Waddington Court on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.