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Published: January 22, 2009 04:00 am

Woman, 24, accused of DSS threats

Staff Report

A 24-year-old woman was charged with making a terroristic threat regarding the Delaware County Department of Social Services on Wednesday.

The charge was for allegedly telling a county employee a day earlier she was going to blow up a building.
Amber Joy of Sidney was arraigned on the felony in Delhi Town Court and sent to Delaware County jail on $10,000 bail/$20,000 bond.

Joy made a statement on Tuesday in front of a county employee, while she was not on county property, related to blowing up an unspecified county building, Undersheriff Douglas Vredenburgh said Wednesday night.

On Wednesday afternoon, Joy arrived at the county building housing the Delaware County Department of Social Services on personal business and was promptly arrested, Vredenburgh said.

“She didn’t come to the county building to carry out her threat. It was determined through investigation that she didn’t have the means to do that to the extent that we can determine it,” Vredenburgh said. “It appears that she didn’t have the means, but that is not required to meet the elements of the statute.”

Making a terroristic threat is a class D felony and was created by the state Legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. George Pataki within two weeks of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Deputies were assisted in checking her vehicle for any explosives by a New York State Police K-9 unit from Sidney.
No explosives were found, Vredenburgh said.

Vredenburgh said he could not disclose the reason why Joy may have been upset with DSS.

The Daily Star archives indicate Joy was charged with endangering the welfare of a child last April.

Joy is to reappear in court Friday to answer to the charge, deputies said.


This is another example of what not to do when dealing with DSS.  I know it is hard, frustrating, exhausting, scarying and a hundred other things, but do not make threats of any kind. 

Furthermore, you should record any and all conversations you have with these people.  I cannot stress this enough, document, document, document!!!  If at all possible always have a witness present, but under know circumstances…loose your cool and make threats. 

Yes it may be temporarily satisfying to see the look of absolute fear on their face, but this will not get you your children back or get CPS out of your life.  You will end up in jail and your children in foster care.  This is not the correct way to handle this situation…although I understand the frustration of dealing with CPS, there are correct ways of handling their involvment!  All this will do is prove them right in their assessment of you….you are better than this!


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