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After allegedly abandoning children, mother charged

By Staff | Jan 28, 2015

MUNCY – Three days before Christmas, 26-year-old Christina Marie Hunt knocked her 2-year-old son to the ground and then crossed Main and Water streets, abandoning the child and a 9-year-old girl who was with him at the busy intersection in the middle of the afternoon, borough police said.

Hunt walked more than 100 feet and “never looked back” at the children, police said they were told.

A passerby quickly ran across the street and picked up the helpless toddler, police said.

When other witnesses, including Charlene Zellers, confronted the mother about leaving the children at the intersection, Hunt told them it “was none of their business,” according to an officer’s affidavit.

Hunt, of 23 N. Main St., “became combative” with Zellers, striking her and “engaging in threats,” police said. The two children “were left at a busy intersection to cross (the street) by themselves,” the affidavit stated.

When an officer arrived on the scene, Hunt refused to answer his questions or identify herself. “I’m not giving you any information,” she allegedly said. The 9-year-old child gave Hunt’s name to police.

The officer said he had to use “moderate force” to take the woman into custody. The children were turned over to a relative.

Hunt has been charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering as well as one count of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

The county’s Children and Youth Department also is investigating.