Police: Area Woman Who Left THC ‘Gummies,’ Drug Paraphernalia Accessible to Children Faces Felony Charges

| September 14, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Child endangerment and related charges have been filed against a St. Petersburg woman who reportedly left THC “gummies” and drug paraphernalia accessible to small children.

Court documents indicate 31-year-old Kayla Joy Stitt was arraigned on the following criminal charges on September 2:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

According to a criminal complaint, on April 20, Clarion-based State Police were dispatched to a residence on Main Street in St. Petersburg for a report of individual smoking marijuana in front of children.

Police then spoke to a known witness who reported seeing multiple individuals smoking marijuana in front of Kayla Joy Stitt‘s children inside her residence, including Stitt herself.

Stitt subsequently gave police permission to search her residence, the complaint indicates.

Police then found a THC pen and capsule, a grinder, a blunt cutter, a glass smoking pipe, a bong, burnt marijuana “roaches,” and edible cannabis gummies inside the residence, according to the complaint.

All of the items were found laying out in the open and accessible to the children.

The complaint also indicates that the THC “gummies” resemble gummy candies that any individual could purchase from a store.

According to a second complaint, Shane Gilbert, who was at the residence when the search took place, was patted down and was found to be in possession of a small plastic container of marijuana.

Stitt was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter at 8:00 a.m. on September 2.

She remains free on $15,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on September 14 with Judge Heeter presiding.

Court documents indicate the following charges were filed against 21-year-old Shane Zachariah Gilbert, of St. Petersburg, in relation to the above incident on August 18:

– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

He remains free on $2,500.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on September 14 with Judge Heeter presiding.


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