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Police: Man arrested after online threat to CPS caseworker

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FORT EDWARD  A Glens Falls man who allegedly posted a threat to “snap the neck” of a Child Protective Services caseworker because he was upset that his children had been removed from his custody was jailed Thursday on a felony charge.

Joshua D. Jones, 30, was charged with making a terroristic threat in connection with a comment he posted on his Facebook page on July 30, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Jones was living in Fort Edward at the time, and was upset about Washington County CPS oversight of his children, police said.

Sheriff’s Senior Investigator Tony LeClaire said Jones’ children had been removed from his custody and put in “respite” care for several days, and were in the process of being returned to him when he posted the comment. It was unclear what prompted their removal.

Jones fled to Vermont with the children after they were returned, and the comment was not brought to the attention of the caseworker until weeks later, LeClaire said.

“He specified the caseworker by name and said he was going to snap her neck if his children weren’t returned,” LeClaire said.

At that point, the Department of Social Services had already put in place a plan to return the children to his custody, police said.

Jones was living in a motel in Rutland, Vermont, for a period of time after the threat was made, but police there could not locate him.

The Sheriff’s Office developed information that he might be at a relative’s home in Glens Falls, and Glens Falls Police located him there and arrested him Thursday morning, LeClaire said.

He was arraigned in Fort Edward Town Court and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.

The children were in the custody of the Department of Social Services as of Thursday.

Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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