4 facing trial in Monongahela wandering boy case
Four members of a Monongahela family were ordered to stand trial on charges related to incidents involving a 6-year-old boy wearing only a diaper who was found wandering the streets.
John Matalik, 51; Celeste Bohnak, 36; Pamela Bohnak, 62; and Felicia Bohnak, 20, all of 404 Fourth St., each waived their right to a preliminary hearing on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
They appeared Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.
Celeste Bohnak and Matalik are identified in court documents as the boy's parents. Felicia Bohnak is identified as the boy's sister. Police said Pamela Bohnak is the child's grandmother.
Monongahela police Officer Roderic Henson said motorists saw a young boy walking in the middle of the Fourth Street 3:24 p.m. June 8. The boy was “filthy” and wearing a soiled diaper, police said.
Police said the child is autistic and unable to communicate with them. After officers located his residence two blocks away, police asked Matalik if he was missing anyone.
Matalik allegedly replied no, but then identified the child sitting in the back of the police cruiser as his son.
Pamela Bohnak allegedly told police they “usually chain the doors.” Police said she smelled of alcohol.
Washington County Children and Youth Services officials were contacted and the child was released to the care of his father, the complaint states.
At 12:36 p.m. the next day, Officer William Fusco was on patrol near the intersection of Fourth and Chess streets when he spotted the boy in traffic. The child appeared to be wearing the same diaper. A motorist told police the child was nearly hit by a car before running into a McDonald's restaurant.
When police returned to the child's residence, Celeste Bohnak allegedly came out yelling, “the police are here again,” and used obscene language.
Felicia Bohnak allegedly told police, “We had the door locked. We don't know how he got out,” according to a criminal complaint.
Celeste and Felicia Bohnak were also cited for disorderly conduct, CYS officials were again called to the residence, police said. Celeste Bohnak allegedly told the officer she had left the boy in the care of her daughter, Felicia.
Police said they had received previous reports from neighbors that the boy would open a second-floor window and climb onto the roof.
During the hearing, Wilson reduced Celeste Bohnak's and Felicia Bohnak's respective bond from $10,000 straight to unsecured. Matalik and Pamela Bohnak are free on $5,000 bond.
This is the third time Celeste Bohnak and Matalik have been charged with allowing their son to wander unsupervised while wearing only a diaper.
In 2011 the Donora police charged the couple.
In that case, Matalik was accepted to the Washington County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders. Celeste Bohnak was placed in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of child endangerment in 2012 and was sentenced to six to 18 months in jail, but the confinement was revoked, according to court documents.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.