A Washington C.H. woman plead no contest to child endangering Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.
Ashley G. Huffman, 32, was arrested Feb. 3 after a Washington C.H. resident on the way to work contacted police to report an unattended child in the Dayton Avenue Flagway store. The clerk advised that the child had been in the store for some time. The child’s father and police were contacted.
According to the prosecuting summary, police spoke with the child, who stated being afraid of her mother and that her mother had kicked her out of the house for not cleaning up a mess. The child was placed in emergency custody with children’s services.
Police contacted the school and were informed Huffman had just walked into the school with her other child, reports said. Police met Huffman at the school. Huffman stated she had been out looking for the child who had ran away, but failed to report her missing to the police.
Huffman denied verbally kicking the child out of the residence. Police placed Huffman under arrest for child endangerment since she had been aware that the child was missing and failed to report the issue.
Since discovering the child missing, the mother had went to the Dayton Avenue Flagway and purchased cigarettes and other items, and took her other child to school. Huffman’s other two children were placed in emergency custody with children’s services.
Huffman was indicted Feb. 19 by a Fayette County grand jury for endangering children, a felony of the fourth degree.
Huffman entered a no contest plea to the child endangering indictment Monday, and the court found her to be guilty of the charge. Huffman is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 1.
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