Juvenile Found ‘Drunk, Unresponsive’ Lying in Snow; Brookville Woman Accused of Child Endangerment

handcuffsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville woman is facing felony charges for child endangerment stemming from an incident that occurred at a trailer park in Brookville, Jefferson County.

According to court documents, criminal charges were filed against 42-year-old Kellie Marie Cordwell, of Brookville.

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:55 p.m. on January 24, 2016, Officer Shawn Hollobaugh, of the Brookville Police Department, was contacted about a juvenile who was unresponsive and lying in the snow in the area of the Crestwood Trailer Park.

The complaint indicates Officer Hollobaugh contacted Jefferson County Control to dispatch EMS to the scene.

The complaint states that the individual reporting the incident said the juvenile’s mother Kellie Cordwell came by the scene and said that “she had to go somewhere and that he better get his ass back home.” The individual told Cordwell that “(the juvenile) was not responding and was drunk….and, Cordwell drove off from the scene.”

When Officer Hollobaugh arrived at the scene, several children and one adult were standing by the juvenile. The juvenile’s clothes were wet; he was “snoring;” his skin was “blue;” and his breathing was labored. He also had an abrasion on his left knee, and his blue jeans were ripped in that area, the complaint continues.

When Jefferson County EMS arrived on the scene, Officer Hollobaugh assisted with moving the juvenile from the ground to the ambulance, and he noticed a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage upon his person. While in the ambulance, several attempts were made to get the juvenile to respond. He was “so cold that the medic was unable to get a body temperature,” according to the complaint.

At some point, Kellie Cordwell arrived on the scene, and Officer Hollobaugh told her that the juvenile was being transported to the Brookville Hospital.

At the hospital, “the juvenile was taken into the ER and was in need of several emergency procedures.” The Medivac unit arrived on the scene and prepped him for transport to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

When Cordwell arrived at the hospital, she told Officer Hollobaugh that the juvenile was 16 years old. She told a Brookville RN that the juvenile got “a bottle of his grandmother’s Seagram’s 7 whiskey (around 1:00 p.m.) and had been drinking it all day.” Kellie also told the RN that some kids came to her about 5:00 p.m. and said that the juvenile was in the woods, drunk, and passed out; “she went looking for him, and could not find him, so she just decided to go and pick up her sister’s kids and go to the store,” the complaint states.

When the RN asked Cordwell if she was going to the Children’s Hospital, “she said that she may not go because she had things to do,” the complaint indicates.

The individual who reported the incident gave the police a statement and indicated that Cordwell told the juvenile (who was lying in the snow, unresponsive), “If your ass is not home by the time I get back, I’m gonna call the cops on you, now get your ass home,” according to the complaint.

Officer Hollobaugh also contacted CYS (Children and Youth Services), the complaint continues.

Based on the information gathered during his investigation, Officer Hollobaugh asked the court for a warrant of arrest be issued for Cordwell.

She was arraigned at 11:00 a.m. on February 19 in front of Judge Gregory M. Bazylak on the following charges:

  • Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3
  • Disorderly Conduct Obscene Language/Gestures, Misdemeanor 3 (two counts)

Bail was set at $25,000.00 unsecured.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on March 8 with Judge Bazylak presiding.

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