Friday, January 15, 2010

Mother of wandering Wellsville boy charged

POSTED: January 14, 2010

mother of a 5-year-boy found outside in below freezing temperatures last week has been charged by village police.
Charged with one count of endangering children was Jaimie D. Emery, 28, 713 Washington St.
Juvenile Officer Marsha Eisenhart filed the charge on Monday, and court officials at county Municipal Court said Emery is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 21.
The charge stems from a Jan. 6 incident in which officers patrolling at 3:31 a.m. reported seeing what they at first thought was a bag blowing in the wind.
Going back to check, they reportedly found Emery's son walking with just a blanket over his head and wearing pants, shoes and a short-sleeved shirt. The temperature was 23 degrees, according to officers.
The little boy was unable to tell them his name, his parents' name or where he lived, but had car keys in his hand and told officers he was trying to find his daddy.
Officers followed tracks made in the snow by the boy's feet and the blanket to the Washington Street address where his grandfather said Emery was asleep.
Officers reported she showed no signs of emotion when advised of the dangers her son faced in the bitter cold. They also reported the grandfather is a registered Tier III sex offender but that no law prohibits the child from living in the same home.
Scarabino said Wednesday he believes the child is still in his mother's custody but that Children Services is involved with the case. Eileen Dray-Bardon of the Department of Jobs and Services said the department is not allowed by law to discuss what it may or may not be doing in such a case.
Although not confirmed, other officials indicated Wednesday that the boy's father who did live in Irondale may have moved back in with the family on Washington Street.

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