WAYLAND — A Paintsville man is facing a laundry list of criminal charges, following a bizarre incident at his mother’s home.
The incident is alleged to have taken place July 21. On that date, Kentucky State Police troopers Matt Martin and John Walls were dispatched to the Shop Branch home of Mae Stumbo, where her son, 32-year-old Steven E. Dalton, was reported to be barricaded inside.
According to a police report, Dalton is alleged to have arrived at his mother’s home, brandishing a butcher knife. He allegedly pushed his mother out of the house and locked the doors, keeping his two small children, ages 4 and 6, inside and refusing to allow them to leave. He is also alleged to have told his mother that he would kill her, if she tried to re-enter the house.
After their arrival, the report says, the two officers forced their way into the home, where they heard movement upstairs. The officers then made their way upstairs, where they found Dalton had allegedly locked himself and the children in an interior room. Coming from the other side of the door, they heard Dalton allegedly piling items in front of the door, in an attempt to prevent the officers from making their way inside.
The officers attempted to talk to Dalton through the door, the report says, but were allegedly told to “go to hell” and “shut the f—- up.” The children did respond to the officers, saying their father would not allow them to leave, “even though they were asking him to and telling him they were hungry.”
Stumbo warned the officers that there was possibly a gun in the room where Dalton was barricaded, while one of the children told them that his father was “looking for something” and “had a big knife,” the report says. The officers nevertheless kicked in the door and were able to subdue Dalton and place him under arrest.
Inside the room, police found a 3-foot machete and a shotgun.
The report notes that Dalton had cut himself with the machete, and after his arrest, he was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for treatment. There, he allegedly continued making threats, telling a nurse “he was going to cut her f—-ing head off and show it to me and then cut my f—-ing head off,” Trooper Martin wrote in his report. Martin also wrote that Dalton continued making threats, telling the officers “the next time the state police came to the residence, he was going to kill every one of us and also wanted to kill his family.”
According to a standard abuse report filed with his case, Martin assessed Dalton’s state of mind by saying, “Subject appears to be an extreme danger to himself, his family and others.
Following his treatment, Dalton was taken to the Floyd County Detention Center, where he continues to be held on a $10,000 cash bond. He is charged with unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and two counts each of first-degree wanton endangerment and third-degree terroristic threatening.
During a preliminary hearing held on Monday, Dalton’s case was referred to a grand jury for consideration of indictment.