UPDATE: Franklin Woman Accused of Being Under the Influence of Controlled Substance While Caring for Toddler

| November 29, 2022

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Police have released additional details regarding a Franklin woman who is accused of being under the influence of a controlled substance while caring for a toddler.

According to a criminal complaint released on Monday, November 28, by the Sugarcreek Police Department, officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Parker Avenue in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County, on November 23 for the report of a medical call for a female with chest pain.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with 30-year-old Monica Stark, who resides at the home. She stated that the officers could enter the residence. Upon entering, they noted a small child, approximately two years old, in a diaper. They spoke to Stark in regard to why she was feeling how she did. She stated that she was feeling pains in her back and that she has panic attacks in the past, but this time was different. They asked her if she had been taking any medications, or anything new. She answered in the negative and “then stated that she was not going to lie and pointed to a table in the living room and stated that she had smoked weed,” the complaint states.

Officers looked to where she was pointing and noted a multi-color glass smoking device that contained a burnt residue, determined to be marijuana, next to a lighter. The pipe and marijuana residue was noted at 11:13 a.m., according to the complaint.

An officer asked if she was dehydrated. She stated that “she was a barfly and had gotten off of work at 4:00 p.m. yesterday and stayed until the bar closed but had drunk four bottles of water that morning.” She also stated that she had awakened around 7:00 a.m. and that she had started smoking marijuana at that point. The reporting officer believed that she had continued to smoke multiple times throughout the morning, the complaint states.

Stark stated that she was the person taking care of the child. An officer asked the child’s name, and Stark responded by adding the child’s birthday. She was unsure of the child’s last name, stating that the child was the niece of a known individual, the complaint indicates.

After Community Ambulance Service left the scene, Stark told officers at 11:29 a.m. that she knew she was supposed to be sober when watching the child. At 11:30 a.m., Stark was advised of the charges of endangering the welfare of children and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The known individual later arrived at the residence and told officers that the child was 23 months old.

Stark was charged with the following offenses through Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office:

  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Misdemeanor 1
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Venango County Central Court with Judge Kirtland presiding.


Franklin Woman Accused of Being Under the Influence of Controlled Substance While Caring for Toddler

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