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North Charleroi pair to stand trial on charges they left children unattended

| Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Two North Charleroi residents are facing trial after police said their unattended children caused a van to drift into a house.

Shane Kovatch, 27, and Tina Roberts, 29, both of 335 Pennsylvania Ave., were held for court Thursday on charges of endangering the welfare of children in connection with the Oct. 29 incident.

They appeared before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi for preliminary hearings.

Charleroi Regional police also filed endangering the welfare of children charges against Vicki Charlton, 39, and Anthony Lybryer, 38, both of 351 Pennsylvania Ave. Their preliminary hearings were continued until 9 a.m. Jan. 6 before Hopkins.

The charges stem from the accident that occurred at 313 Sheppard Ave., North Charleroi. Emergency crews were called after a van struck the residence.

Police said three children were playing in the van when they knocked it out of gear, causing it to drift into the house.

Charlton allegedly told police she thought her son was upstairs and didn't realize he had gone outside, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Charlton said the van was unlocked because a window was broken, the report stated.

Kovatch and Roberts allegedly told police they believed their two daughters were playing in the yard when the accident occurred. Police said the children were treated for minor cuts.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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