CLEARFIELD — A Curwensville couple accused of felony child endangerment waived their rights to preliminary hearings yesterday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Morris yesterday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
Jerry James Barrett, 31, and Chasity Chantel Barrett, 29, both of Curwensville, are both charged with endangering the welfare of children — a felony of the third degree.
According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 21 shortly after 9 a.m., police were called to Curwensville Commons at 100 4th Ave. in Curwensville at apartment 509 for a report from a CenClear bus driver who arrived to pick up preschool students. The driver saw one of the students, a four-year-old boy, playing in the snow with his toy trucks.
The boy was wearing shorts, shoes without socks, a jacket and no shirt. The driver asked the boy where his parents were, and he said they were inside the house sleeping and he had gotten himself ready for school. The driver took the child to sit in the bus where it was warm and called police. The temperature at the time was around 36 degrees.
Police arrived and knocked on the apartment door several times the the point that neighbors next door came outside. Police continued to knock but received no answer and heard no noises inside the residence.
Police took protective custody of the child and contacted Children & Youth Services.
Around 9:48 a.m., Chasity Barrett phoned Clearfield County 911 to report her son missing and was requesting a phone call. Upon Chasity Barrett making contact with 911, she advised dispatch that she did not know what or unknown clothing her son was wearing at the time.
Police then called Chasity Barrett and explained the department had custody of the child, and she responded that she was worried. She asked police how long the child had been outside, and police said the bus company called 911 at approximately 9:04 a.m.
CYS contacted the child’s grandparents, who took custody of the child.
They are both free on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Attorney Leanne Nedza of the public defender’s office represented Chasity Barrett and court appointed attorney Joseph Andrew Valenza of Clearfield represented Jerry Barrett. Assistant District Attorney Trudy Lumadue represented the commonwealth.