Stepfather Shoots Children with BB Gun

Modified: April 6, 2016 8:45am

03/01/2016

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that deputies responded to the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center after being contacted by medical staff on February 27 for reports of numerous wounds on two female children.

Deputy Brad Ballantyne arrived at the MAC Center and began interviewing medical staff familiar with the treatment of the two victims.  It was discovered the stepfather intentionally shot the children, age 4 and 6 numerous times with a BB gun as punishment. Upon completion of their interviews at the MAC center, Deputies, Detectives and a county Child Protective Services caseworker visited the home of the stepfather for additional interviews.

At the residence, it was discovered the stepfather did inflict the injuries and the BB gun was turned over to the sheriff’s office and placed into evidence.  Subsequent to the interviews, Steven Scroger, 29 years old, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies counts of assaulting a person less than 7-years-old, two counts of a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, and three counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child.

The defendant is held at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $75,000.00 bond.  His next court appearance is scheduled for March 3, in Concord Town Court.