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Carbon woman pleads to endangering child counts

Published January 23. 2019 02:28PM

A Carbon County woman pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child along with other charges on Monday in the county court.

Jessica Tena Dale, 37, of Summit Hill, also pleaded to one count each of terroristic threats, institution vandalism and resisting arrest for incidents in her hometown.

Dale was arrested for an incident in February 2018. Police responded to Dale’s residence in the 400 block of West White Street on Feb. 9 for a welfare check of a child.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at 10:08 p.m. a child called 911 and said his mother was “highly intoxicated and unresponsive.” Police arrived and found Dale’s son, then age 9, crying in the living room of the residence. Police found Dale in a highly intoxicated state in a hallway outside of the bathroom.

Dale was staggering, belligerent with police and fell twice.

Dale was belligerent with her child, called him a disparaging name multiple times for calling 911, told him to call his grandfather and then slapped his hand and threw his cellphone into another room.

Dale and her child were the only occupants in the home.

The second incident occurred on Oct. 27, 2018. At 8:55 p.m. officers responded to the Dale residence for a report of a runaway juvenile. On scene officers were met by Dale, who had an odor of alcohol emitting from her breath, slurred speech and was stumbling.

Shortly afterward, her now 10-year-old son returned home. At this point Dale walked up to the juvenile with a closed fist and threatened to strike him. She then made several threats to the officers on scene and threw a telephone that hit one officer on the left shoulder.

She also punched the officer in the chest and threw a glass jar at him but missed him. The officer attempted to take her into custody but she pulled her arms away and tried to hit him.

The juvenile reported he had a head injury because he went to look into the defendant’s bedroom and the door was closed on his head. That was the reason he fled the home.

Dale was taken into custody and placed in the back of a police cruiser. She began to bang her head and kicked the inside of the cruiser while yelling profanities. She was told numerous times to stop, but didn’t. She also threatened two other officers on scene.

At the police station officers attempted to get her out of the cruiser when she kicked one of the officers in the right lower leg twice. She was eventually removed.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing. Dale is an inmate in the county prison on the charges.

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