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May 6, 2014

Woman charged with endangering children

NEW CASTLE — A woman is facing charges of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

Melissa Marie Riley, 34, of 1337 Patterson Road faces two counts each of those charges, according to court documents filed by state police.

A criminal complaint filed against Riley states the charges involve the conditions and treatment of her two children after police had responded in November to a complaint at her home. In that case, Carl Richard Antoniazzi, 32, of 248 Harbor Village Drive was arrested.

Police charged Antoniazzi with aggravated assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

On March 19, Antoniazzi pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, while the other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 24 months in jail, given credit for 137 days served and paroled.

He was ordered to complete the rest of his sentence on parole with added conditions that he enter a 12-month substance abuse program and complete it. He is then to serve five years on probation.

In addition, Antoniazzi was ordered not to have any contact with the victim or her children. He also was ordered to provide a DNA sample.

The charges against Riley involve unsanitary living conditions for her children described by police. In particular, they noted the lack of sanitary plumbing in the home.

Also, investigators determined the two children, ages 7 and 11, were not attending school. Although police were told they were being home schooled, officers said it was determined the school district had no record of the younger child, while it appeared the older child had never received formal education.

Police said the children had told them adults had done school work for them.

Riley was taken into custody and is being held in the Lawrence County jail on $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13.

In February, police charged Antoniazzi with counts similar to Riley’s regarding the treatment of the children. However, last month, those charges were withdrawn.

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