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Former Cascade woman plans to appeal sentence for desertion

October 17, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN ? A 36-year-old woman sentenced Tuesday to two months in jail for deserting her teenage daughter has filed a notice that she plans to appeal the decision, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Joyce Marie Kwarta, formerly of 14339 Macafee Hill Road in Cascade, posted a $15,000 appeal bond Wednesday afternoon that will free her until her case is heard in Washington County Circuit Court.

On June 16, Kwarta's daughter, then 16, told Washington County Sheriff's Department Dep. C.L. McCarthy that her mother left early that morning to move to Mexico with a man she was dating, McCarthy said in charging documents.

McCarthy said the refrigerator was empty, the lease was almost expired and Kwarta left her daughter $115 to buy a bus ticket to Chicago, where a 26-year-old man she knew lived, according to the documents. The daughter, who had dropped out of school, did not have a job, McCarthy said.

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Kwarta, who was in the process of getting a divorce, told a custody hearing judge the 16-year-old would be staying with her biological father, the girl's stepfather told police. However, neither the girl's biological father nor her grandmother wanted anything to do with her, the girl's stepfather said, according to charging documents.

An aunt who lives in Cascade agreed to take the girl in until a foster home could be found, McCarthy said.

Kwarta, who is living in Thurmont, Md., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County District Court to desertion of a minor child, according to court records.

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