Mom leaves baby to use phone, computer

January 14, 2009 5:04:06 AM PST
A 19-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been jailed because police say she left her 1-year-old child alone for more than three hours while she used a computer and talked on the phone elsewhere. Pamela Darnley, of Meadville, faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 22 on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child on Monday. State police say a maintenance worker found the baby in a crib when he arrived to fix something at her apartment about 3 p.m.

Police say Darnley used a computer at the apartment complex's community center and the phone at a friend's house while the baby was alone. Police say she was surfing the Internet and checking e-mail.

The baby is in Crawford County custody. Darnley remains jailed unable to post $50,000 bond.

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