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Alleged absentee mom faces trial

| Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

A Monongahela woman accused of leaving three small children alone faces a trial.

Natasha Ostrander, 26, of 800 E. Main St., is charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.

Ostrander allegedly left her 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter home alone the morning of Aug. 27 when her mother, Kimberly Ostrander, 47, of 800 E. Main St., drove her to work, police said.

Kimberly Ostrander's 3-year-old daughter was also alone at the home at that time, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Wilson.

Kimberly Ostrander told police her vehicle struck a utility pole on Route 88 in Carroll Township as she was on her way back to the residence, the affidavit states.

Police said she was driving north on Route 88 when she apparently fell asleep.

Kimberly Ostrander also was charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

Monongahela police went to the Ostranders' residence while they were away and knocked on the door, but there was no answer, according to the affidavit.

When Carroll Township police Chief Paul Brand arrived at the house with Kimberly Ostrander after the accident, the officers found the three children asleep inside of the residence, the affidavit states.

Natasha Ostrander was arraigned Sept. 28 and taken to Washington County Correctional Facility.

She was released after $5,000 bond.

A warrant has been issued for Kimberly Ostrander, who was also was charged with summary counts of careless driving and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked in relation to the accident.

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