Oil City Woman Accused of Refusing to Accompany Juvenile Daughter to Hospital Faces Child Endangerment Charge

| March 18, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A child endangerment charge has been filed against an Oil City woman who allegedly refused to accompany her juvenile daughter to the hospital.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 44-year-old Jessica L. Huth, of Oil City.

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:12 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, officers of the Oil City Police Department were dispatched to Oak Grove Street at Lynch Boulevard for a female juvenile and the mother of the juvenile asking for assistance.

Upon their arrival, Chief Dave Ragon, Sr. Patrolman Ruditis, and Patrolman McDevitt made contact with the juvenile and her mother, Jessica Huth.

According to the complaint, Huth advised that the juvenile was exhibiting psychiatric problems, and further investigation led the officer to make the decision to transport the juvenile to UPMC Northwest for an evaluation.

The complaint notes that Sr. Patrolman Ruditis advised Huth of the decision and told her that officers would need her to accompany the juvenile to the facility.

According to the complaint, Huth said she was not going to accompany the juvenile and that “Family Foundations” was on their way to the location. Huth reported that “she had a medical appointment scheduled and would not reschedule the appointment to accompany her daughter to the facility. Huth went on to refuse multiple times while being asked by Sr. Patrolman Ruditis to address the issues with the juvenile and travel to UPMC Northwest.”

She also made statements including “I’ll be at the hospital – I just won’t be with her,” the complaint states.

According to the complaint, “the said violation of duty of care and support is a common issue with Huth shown through prior incidents involving Huth and her daughter. Prior incidents have shown Huth has refused to travel to locations to address ongoing issues with her daughter causing officers to subsequently transport the juvenile female home.”

The following charge was filed through Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office on Wednesday, March 13:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, with Judge Fish presiding.

A certified summons was issued on March 13.


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