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Police charge Pa. woman with endangering welfare of child

May 13, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro woman whose 4-year-old son was found wandering borough streets last week, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, Waynesboro Police said Monday.

Police reported that the child was seen wandering the streets on three different occasions last week, including while authorities were working on a potential hazardous waste-spill incident on Center Square Wednesday afternoon.

Charged was Gerri Lee Navarro-Cornejo, 23, of 342 W. Second St. The boy has been placed in foster care by Franklin County Children and Youth, police said.

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According to police, Waynesboro fire police officers first saw the boy wearing blue jeans but no shirt, socks or shoes near the intersection of Potomac and Main streets last Wednesday afternoon while they were directing traffic around the hazardous spill incident.

Police tried but were unable to locate the boy's home and he was taken to the police station. His mother went to the station 75 minutes later looking for her son, police said.

On Thursday at 4 p.m., police said they responded to a call near Waynesboro Hospital of a small boy wandering around the area. The boy was wearing jeans, but no shirt, shoes or socks. The boy was returned to his residence.

Again Friday, police said, the boy was seen walking in the area of the Waynesboro Post Office on East Main Street. This time he was wearing pants, shirt and socks, but no shoes, police said.

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