Hearing Set for Wednesday for Two People After Infant Found Lying Next to Gun in Pinegrove Twp.

| August 14, 2019


PINEGROVE TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing is set for Wednesday, August 13, for two people facing charges after a probation check found an infant lying next to a gun, as well as drugs and paraphernalia in the residence.

Court documents indicate 30-year-old Shayne Edward O’Day, of Venus, and 24-year-old Keela Marie Baker, of Oil City, are scheduled to stand for preliminary hearings in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14.

Both O’Day and Baker face the following charges:

– Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance, Felony
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 2
– Marijuana-Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2

O’Day also faces a second-degree felony charge of Possession Of Firearm Prohibited.

The charges stem from a probation check that occurred in October 2018.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:50 a.m. on October 24, 2018, Trooper Falco of the Franklin-based State Police was called to a residence on Powell Road in Venus by a state probation agent who had found suspected drugs and paraphernalia at the residence.

The state probation agent related that he had gone to the residence to do a monthly house check on Shayne O’Day, and when he arrived he knocked loudly but got no response. The probation agent then noticed a young child looking through a window at him. The agent noted this concerned him, so he called to have another agent come to assist him.

According to the complaint, the two agents entered the residence and spoke with O’Day. They reported there were also two young boys and a female – later identified as Keela Marie Baker – at the residence.

During the search of the residence, the agents found numerous items in the bedroom including a black handgun that was on the edge of the bed beside a nine-month-old infant, and a plastic container that contained various pills and suspected drugs and paraphernalia. At that time, they contacted the state police.

After speaking with the probation agent, Trooper Falco spoke with O’Day and Baker and asked to whom the gun belonged. Baker stated that a known individual had bought her the gun for Christmas and gave it to her, according to the complaint.

Both O’Day and Baker also said the drugs and paraphernalia were theirs.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on Monday, June 24.


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