Parole Check Leads to Child Endangerment, Drug Charges for Franklin Woman

| November 21, 2020

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A parole check recently led to felony child endangerment charges, as well as drug charges for a Franklin woman.

Court documents indicate 26-year-old Desiree Amber Vanistendael was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 20, on the following charges:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 1 (four counts)
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor (four counts)
– Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (24 counts)

She is currently free on $15,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from discoveries made during a parole home visit at a Franklin residence.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:15 a.m. on May 19, Franklin Police were dispatched to a residence on Dale Avenue by request of a parole officer who is assigned to Desiree Vanistendael. The parole officer reported that after several attempts to make contact with Vanistendael, a home visit was conducted during which multiple items of drug paraphernalia were located.

Franklin Police then applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence, which is occupied by Vanistendael, a known male, and three juveniles.

The complaint states that during the search, multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found, including but not limited to smoking devices, pipes, and bongs, grinders, baggies for packaging. Police also found marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, and two larger baggies that were found to contain 9.16 grams and 3.28 grams, respectively, of Dimethyltryptamine, a Schedule One substance.

According to the complaint, the condition of the home was “disgusting” with moldy food and dirty clothing throughout the residence, and moldy dog and cat feces found in the children’s bedrooms in their closets with their clothing. The children’s beds did not have sheets or bedding and the cat litter box was found to be “overflowing with feces,” leaving the cat urinating and defecating throughout the house.

While police were at the scene, the home was scheduled to be treated for bed bugs due to the conditions inside, the complaint notes.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on December 9 in Venango County Central Court with Judge Kirtland presiding.

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