Franklin Man Sentenced to Jail Time for Child Endangerment

| June 10, 2021

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man was sentenced to up to two years behind bars on a child endangerment charge related to an incident where police found his children playing barefoot in broken glass outside of his residence.

Court documents indicate Senior Judge Thomas King Kistler sentenced 38-year-old Alec Seelbaugh to a minimum of nine months up to a maximum of two years less one day confinement and three years of probation, with the sentences to run consecutively, on one third-degree felony count of child endangerment on June 8.

Seelbaugh pled guilty to the above charge on April 22.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charge was dismissed:

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

The charges stem from an incident in May.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 12:25 p.m. on May 19, Franklin Police were dispatched to a residence on Liberty Street for a report of a possible mental health issue.

According to the complaint, at the scene, police determined there was no mental health issue, but discovered the two adults in the home, identified as Alec Seelbaugh and Amber Marie Knox, were under the influence of potential heroin, based on the officers’ observations.

The complaint states the officers observed Knox appeared exhausted and had “track marks” on her arms and scabs on numerous parts of her body, including her arms, hands, legs, neck, and face. Police also noted both individuals had pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, flushed skin, slurred speech, and were disassociated with reality and unable to hold a clear conversation or follow directions.

The couple’s children were observed outside playing in broken glass while not wearing shoes, and reportedly had cuts to their feet with glass shards in the cuts, according to the complaint.

The house was observed to be “in complete disarray” with clothing, food, and drinks on the floors, the complaint notes.

The complaint states the upstairs of the house was also in disarray, with potential feces on the walls and cotton balls that Seelbaugh allegedly stated were for “injecting” in plain view.

Venango County Children and Youth Services (CYS) was then contacted, and drug screenings of Seelbaugh and Knox determined they were under the influence of multiple controlled substances, according to the complaint.

Seelbaugh and 30-year-old Amber Marie Knox, of Franklin, were both arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland on August 4.

Court documents indicate Knox was sentenced to a minimum of six months up to a maximum of 16 months confinement and eight years of probation on one second-degree felony county of child endangerment on February 26.

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