CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield woman accused of living in filth with five children was sentenced Monday.
Jessica Jo Sabol, 37, pleaded guilty to five felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and was sentenced to a total of six months to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation by President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.
She was ordered to complete a nurturing program and to comply with Children, Family and Youth Services.
Sabol was charged after police visited her Lawrence Township apartment regarding several warrants. Officers found trash, food, dirty diapers, mold and flies throughout the home.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the officers saw all five children in a bedroom with two mattresses spread out on the floor. This included an infant, two toddlers, a 4-year-old and a 16-year-old.
The apartment smelled of rot and the officers noticed multiple holes in the walls. There was partially-eaten food, trash, clothing and dirty diapers scattered throughout it.
When officers moved a blanket, a large number of flies scattered. There was food, trash and a collection of mold observed between the beds and directly where they had all been sleeping.
The adjacent bedroom door was hard to open. Once forced open, they found it was filled ankle deep with dirty trash bags containing soiled diapers, food, drink bottles, clothing and other trash.
Flies were seen throughout the room with more bugs on the floor. The odor was so nauseating the officers had to close the door.
In the bathroom, they found clothes and more trash. Used tampons and pads were on the floor with food and drink in the sink and tub area.
A third bedroom door was smashed and this room contained more dirty clothing. A pink child’s jumper seat was found with what appeared to be dried feces on it.
The kitchen area had food and used pots and pans stacked in the sink. There was more trash inside and outside the back-door area.
A blue pill was found on the floor where it could have been picked up by any of the children.
Sabol also pleaded guilty in a second case to hindering apprehension. For this she was given one year concurrent probation.
According to that complaint, police arrived at her apartment looking for Paul Cantolina, who had eight outstanding warrants. Sabol told the officers that he was not there, even though someone had reported seeing him enter the residence.
She continued to maintain that Cantolina no longer lived there.
After officers entered and called to Cantolina explaining it would be easier on him if he left on his own, Cantolina came down the stairs.
Sabol apologized to the officers claiming she was stuck financially and “what did the officers expect.”