Man who threatened Dover-area day care gets probation

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Dover Township man has avoided prison for threatening day care employees, apparently enraged that he wasn't allowed to see his children.

Chad Allen Smith, 35, of Partridge Drive, pleaded guilty on Monday, March 26, to one count of making terroristic threats, according to court records. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Chad Smith

As part of his negotiated plea agreement, Smith was sentenced to two years of probation, court records state.

Senior deputy prosecutor John Hamme, who handled Monday's plea, declined comment. Public defender Alice Richards Glasser, who represented Smith, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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The background: Northern York County Regional Police said an officer was called to Creative Kids Daycare at 3150 Grenway Road in Dover Township on March 6, 2017, for a report of a custody dispute.

There, the officer learned that the mother of Smith's children had notified the day care center that a new custody agreement was in place, and Smith was no longer allowed on the day care property to see his children, according to court documents.

Smith has anger issues, according to police, who said the new agreement angered him.

He yelled and cursed at day care employees, saying he would "f— everyone up at the day care center" and that "no one was going to stop him from seeing his children," court documents state.

Smith told workers that when police found the body of his children's mother, the day care workers would have "no one to blame but themselves," according to court documents.

Threatened cop: Smith was originally given a trespass warning, police said — despite telling the officer "that what I say doesn't mean s— and he would f— myself up along with any other officers that showed up," Officer Tyler Zeller wrote in charging documents.

Smith kept calling the day care center, prompting its director to call police again, documents state.

Smith told the director he would be back at 3 p.m. to pick up his kids and that no one would stop him, documents state.

The director said she was worried about what Smith might do, saying she feared for the safety of the kids who would be getting off the school bus at the time, according to police.

More threats: Smith called Zeller and said no one would keep him from his kids, documents state.

Smith also told Zeller that if the mother of his children values her life, "she better stop trying to keep him from his children," according to court documents.

Smith was found in the area of Market Street and Highland Avenue in West York, where he was arrested, police said.

After initially being committed to York County Prison, Smith was able to post his $20,000 bail the next day, according to court records.

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