Former behavioral health care worker charged with child endangerment

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Amherst man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child who had been in his care when he worked at a Buffalo behavioral health services facility.

Ronald Atkinson, 60, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, third degree menacing, and second degree harassment. Atkinson’s charges stem from an Oct. 2016 incident in which he allegedly caused a victim’s arm to hyper-extend during a restraint, which required the victim to receive medical treatment. The victim was under 17 years old.

.Atkinson was employed by the facility as a youth care professional. He is no longer employed by the facility.

Atkinson was released and scheduled to appear in Amherst Town Court May 24. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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