CLEARFIELD – A Munson woman has been accused of not supervising and caring for a young boy she was babysitting.
Alesia Marie Cusick, 24, has been charged by Trooper Brian A. Elensky Sr. of the Clearfield-based state police with felony endangering the welfare of children and misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person.
Cusick waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court at the Clearfield County Jail. Her bail has been set at $5,000 monetary.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred the afternoon of Sept. 28 on Old Turnpike Road, near Hardscrabble Road, in Morris Township, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling.
Upon arrival on-scene, Elensky interviewed a male who stated his girlfriend, Cusick, was babysitting the boy. However, he said at some point, he wandered away from the residence on his own. He didn’t have any idea as to how long the boy had been gone.
Elensky then interviewed a female who was inside an SUV on Old Turnpike Road. She said she’d observed the young boy standing on the roadway without any shoes and wet pants. He was reportedly “afraid and crying.”
She said she stopped her vehicle and approached him because there weren’t any adults around. She contacted state police and comforted the two-year-old boy by holding him until the trooper’s arrival.
Elensky summoned another trooper and a Children & Youth Services worker to assist with the incident. He went to interview Cusick, who stated she was left to babysit the boy by his mother.
She said she put him in a bedroom while she and her boyfriend sat in the living area of her trailer. She said the boy must have left through a window without her knowledge; the trooper, however, observed the window, which was closed.
Elensky asked Cusick if she had closed the window to which she replied “no.” He went outside and found the window was approximately six feet or higher from the ground. Elensky told Cusick that he didn’t believe the boy could have closed the window himself.
When Elensky advised Cusick she would be facing charges, she became upset. She commented she’d already had her own children taken away from her by CYS.