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Mother pleads guilty to child endagerment

By Staff | Mar 3, 2016

A Muncy mother pleaded guilty and was sentenced last Tuesday to endangering the welfare of children.

Tears streaming down her face, Christian Hunt, 27, of 23 N. Main St., recounted the day on Dec. 13, 2015 when her 3-year-old child ran out of the house.

Hunt, who deals with a mental health problem, did not go after her son.

“I thought the police would just return him,” she told Judge Marc Lovecchio.

The police did return the child and then charged Hunt with endangering the welfare of children, a felony.

This is Hunt’s second child endangerment offense. Just before Christmas in 2014 Hunt was arrested after knocking her then 2-year-old son to the ground and leaving him with a 9-year-old girl in the middle of a busy intersection. Hunt began walking down the street and was eventually stopped by other witnesses and police officers, with whom she became “combative,” according to a police affidavit.

“Christina’s anxiety and mental health problems began to cripple her,” said Lovecchio at the sentencing. “What we are trying to do is help you so you don’t make the same mistake again.”

Lovecchio sentenced Hunt to five years of intermediate punishment, including 60 days on an electronic monitoring device.

Hunt also is prohibited from unsupervised contact with her children for the next two months at which time Children and Youth will reassess to determine if this should be modified.