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2 Greensburg sisters found passed out in running minivan

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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Two Greensburg sisters were passed out in a running minivan outside a convenience store, leaving a newborn unattended on the back seat, city police allege.

Jamie Lynn Dickant, 25, of 438 Foxhill St., faces a preliminary hearing on Nov. 17 on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Tonya Louise Dickant, 29, of 36 S. Lincoln Ave., who was behind the wheel of the van, faces a hearing the same day on a charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance or metabolite.

The sisters were passed out about 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 21 outside the Sunoco convenience store on West Pittsburgh Street, police said. Tonya Dickant told police that she and her sister had taken a dose of methadone earlier that day, according to an affidavit.

The sisters didn't awaken, despite store patrons knocking on the windows of the 2001 Pontiac Montana, authorities said.

"This officer knocked on the window to wake the driver, but she did not stir," Officer Regina DePellegrin wrote in the affidavit.

DePellegrin opened the driver's door, turned off the vehicle and removed the keys from the ignition. She then woke the sisters.

Jamie Dickant immediately began to change her daughter's diaper, police said. There was an infant carrier in the van but no child seat, according to the affidavit.

Police didn't specify the baby's age.

Authorities contacted the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau, and another sister and a brother arrived. The brother carried the baby, bundled in blankets, home in the infant carrier. The third sister drove the van home.

Tonya Dickant submitted to a blood test to determine if narcotics were in her system, according to court papers.

The children's bureau was to follow up on the infant's care, police said.

The sisters will be sent notices about the charges this week by Greensburg District Judge James Albert's office.

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