Punxsy Woman Accused of Attacking CYS Worker During Supervised Visitation

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly attacking a Children and Youth Services (CYS) worker who was supervising a visit on Friday.

Court documents indicate 27-year-old Melissa Moore was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers at 9:20 p.m. on Friday, September 11, on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause or causes Bodily Injury to designated individuals, Felony 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

Unable to post $20,000.00 monetary bail, she was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:07 p.m. on Friday, September 11, an incident occurred at the park on Elk Street in Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County.

The complaint states a known victim, who is contracted with Jefferson County Children and Youth Services (CYS) to supervise visits between clients and their children, was supervising a visit between Melissa Moore and her son, with a known male also present for the visit.

According to the complaint, during the visitation, the victim was sitting on a bench in the park answering emails on her cell phone when Moore began to yell at her, stating: “You (expletive) (expletive), you’re the reason I don’t have my kids.”

The victim told police she looked up and saw that Moore was running toward her. She reported the known man tried to grab Moore, but missed, and Moore continued toward her. The victim stated she was able to stand up, and then Moore was in front of her and punched her in the side of the head. The victim also reported Moore was continuing to try to hit her when the known man grabbed her and began to try to calm her down.

The complaint notes police observed a red mark on the side of the victim’s face and the area of her ear.

The victim then called 9-1-1 while Moore and the known man went over toward a nearby truck. The known man then returned to check on the victim.

According to the complaint, the known man later told police he then heard the truck start up and saw Moore was pulling out of the parking space. He then ran over and got in front of the truck, so Moore could not leave the park and attempted to calm her down until police arrived at the scene.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on September 22, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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