A Hill District woman is accused of locking her 16-year-old daughter out of her home, forcing the girl to walk to an aunt's house about a mile away on Tuesday in frigid temperatures.
Yolanda Williams, 42, is charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person. She is being held in the Allegheny County Jail, unable to post $1,000 bail.
Williams' daughter told police her mother smoked crack cocaine, packed her bags, took her key and told her to get out of the house. The girl told police she arrived at her aunt's house with her hands frozen together.
The high temperature Tuesday was 3 degrees, and the National Weather Service issued a winter advisory for severe weather conditions.
Williams told police she told her daughter to leave if she wanted to but didn't kick her out. Police arrested Williams when her boyfriend arrived and an officer heard her tell him that she “had to put (her daughter) out the house.”
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17.
Another woman was arrested because her 2-year-old son was found wandering in the frigid Ross Park Mall parking lot wearing a light jacket, Ross police Sgt. Benjamin Dripps said Wednesday.
Kimberly Hollinda, 37, of New Brighton is charged with endangering the welfare of children in the incident that police said occurred at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday when the temperature was 2 degrees with a wind chill of minus-9.
The boy was seen earlier in the evening wandering alone in the mall before being reunited with his mother, Dripps said.
Allegheny County Children, Youth and Family workers took custody of the boy, Dripps said.
Staff writer Michael Hasch contributed to this report. Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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