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Irvona woman charged in connection with child's drowning
Saturday, October 6, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY - After an extensive joint investigation with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and Punxsutawney Borough police, Cindy L. O'Neill, 31, of Irvona and Scott Cary, 42, were determined to be the overseeing adults for the care of a 3-year-old child that was left unattended and walked/fell into the Mahoning Creek behind a residence on Lane Avenue in Punxsutawney.
The child died as a result of drowning and the body was recovered a short time later downstream.
According to the state police at Punxsutawney, the incident occurred May 21, 2011, within Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County.
O'Neill was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and four counts each of endangering welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.
O'Neill was taken into custody yesterday and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gregory Bazylak. She was incarcerated in Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.
Cary was charged with one count of recklessly endangering another person.
Both case proceedings are through the office of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Chambers.
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