Endangerment charges filed
A New Stanton woman was charged after allegedly leaving her child in an East Huntingdon Township residence that was full of drugs.
Dominique Steban, 21, of 549 Woodmere Drive, was charged Oct. 29 with endangering the welfare of children, possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Department, members of the department were searching for a man with active warrants at the Huntingdon Village Apartments at about 9 a.m. Oct. 26.
The man was found in an apartment with an infant boy, whose mother — Steban — could not be located.
The warrant suspect eventually did tell Deputy Christopher Tretter that Steban had gone to a methadone clinic in Greensburg.
The complaint continued the infant began to cry a short time later. Tretter noticed a laceration in the middle of the boy's forehead that was closed by butterfly strips. He also noticed drug paraphernalia in the apartment, prompting a call to the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau
Steban returned to the residence at about 10:25 a.m. and gave authorities permission to search the apartment.
Further investigation uncovered a clear, plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, six empty heroin stamp bags, two pieces of straws with heroin residen in them, a spoon with residue and an empty half-gallon bottle of vodka.
The infant's biological father was contacted and arrived to take custody of the child.
A preliminary hearing for Steban is scheduled for Dec. 19 before Scottdale District Judge Charles Moore.
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or email@example.com.
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