Additional problems with Family Court judge surface

by Carol Thompson

A closed door meeting was held between county officials and staff of Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager as CNY Central revealed more allegations of a questionable child placement Thursday.

On May 28, 19-year-old Melissa Nichols was charged with child endangerment after she allegedly left her three-year-old daughter unattended for up to 10 minutes.

According to court documents, Nichols’s daughter was able to leave the home at 297 W. 5th St. and walk a block and a half away during a storm wearing nothing but a T-shirt.

In 2010, Fulton police had charged Nichols with endangering the welfare of a child when police found the child living in squalor and assault because there was a cigarette burn on the child.

At that time, the child was reportedly placed in foster care and Judge Seager reportedly returned the child to the custody of the mother.

Following the second charge, the child was reportedly placed in foster care and Seager returned the child to the mother over the objections of the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

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