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Manchester man accused of pointing BB gun at daughter's head


MANCHESTER — The father of a 10-year-old girl is accused of putting a BB gun to her head after first telling her to close her eyes, police said.

Joseph Clancy, 27, of 228 Belmont St., is being held on $20,000 cash/surety bail on a variety of charges including reckless conduct and possessing controlled drugs.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. on April 17 but police did not become aware of it until Clancy’s former girlfriend, the mother of the 10-year-old, contacted them on May 3. According to records on file in Manchester Circuit Court, she learned of the incident from Clancy’s wife, Katherine Clancy, who had told her Clancy had his daughter close her eyes, held a BB gun to the side of her head and then told her to open her eyes. The child screamed, Katherine Clancy told the mother.

The mother told police her daughter said nothing about it until she asked her if anything had happened when she visited her father at his Belmont Street residence. The daughter said her father told her the gun was a BB gun. The girl also told her mother that Clancy was growing marijuana in his bedroom.

The 10-year-old was interviewed May 11 at the Child Advocacy Center. She said her father called her upstairs to his bedroom, and told her to sit in a desk chair and close her eyes. While her eyes were closed, she heard a rustling sound and thought it was a plastic bag. Clancy, she said, told her to open her eyes and when she did, he was pointing a black gun in her face from about a foot away.

She said she saw her father’s finger move away from the trigger but he pointed it at her for a few seconds before lowering it, hugging her and telling her not to worry because it was a BB gun.

The wife and daughter differed in their accounts about the gun’s distance from the child.

Katherine Clancy told the mother that Clancy had put the gun to the side of the child’s head but told police he had pressed it against her forehead.

According to court records, the daughter cowered in the desk chair and yelled at her father, “Why did you do that?”

Katherine Clancy, now estranged from her husband, said the child was terrified and crying.

The day of the incident, Katherine Clancy said she and her husband argued about ending their marriage.

She had gathered some belongings, including her cat, and was trying to leave but Clancy blocked her from leaving the upstairs hallway.

Clancy threatened to destroy her belongings, she said.

He relented and, as she walked past him, Clancy flicked his cigarette, with ash hitting her face, she said.

Both the child and Katherine Clancy told police that Clancy was growing seven marijuana plants under a six-foot black Mylar tent in the bedroom.

He had enough seeds for another six plants, Katherine Clancy said.

An LED light/heat source was inside the tent and intake and exhaust fans were set up, blowing the exhaust from the tent into the bedroom. Clancy, she said, has the material needed to make clones of the plants.

He bought the seeds in Colorado when they were on their honeymoon, and shipped them back to Manchester, she said.

Clancy was arraigned in Manchester Circuit Court on Thursday on charges of reckless conduct, drug possession, simple assault, false imprisonment and criminal threatening. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for May 30.


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