Jefferson Co. Woman Accused of Leaving Young Children Unattended in Running Car at Walmart Faces Charges

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County woman is facing charges after she allegedly left two young children alone in a running car at the Punxsutawney Walmart store.

According to court documents, Punxsutawney-based State Police filed the following criminal charges against 29-year-old Amanda Lee Overly, of Big Run, on Tuesday, March 26:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

According to a criminal complaint, on the afternoon of September 21, 2018, Trooper Munsee, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was dispatched for a welfare check at the Punxsutawney Walmart parking lot.

Around 4:00 p.m. Trooper Munsee interviewed Amanda Lee Overly in the parking lot.

According to the complaint, Overly stated that she had left the two juvenile victims unattended in her unlocked and running 2011 Ford Taurus, both locked in their respective car seats. Overly said she was shopping inside of Walmart for approximately five minutes.

Trooper Munsee also conducted interviews with witnesses who saw the victims who were left unattended in the vehicle.

A Walmart representative printed a copy of Overly’s shopping receipt that provided the date and time. Time-stamped images were also provided showing Overly entering Walmart at approximately 3:46 p.m. and returning to her vehicle at 3:53 p.m.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

A certified summons was issued on March 27.

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