The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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July 17, 2014

Mom admits leaving toddler alone

HERMITAGE — A Hermitage woman whose 2-year-old son was found wandering around outside in apartment complex in 40-degree weather wearing only a T-shirt and underwear pleaded guilty last week to a charge of endangering the welfare of the child.

Shaquale I. Tensley, 20, of 1396 Bolde Drive, faces a sentence of up 2è to 5 years in prison for pleading guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor.

Hermitage police said they were called at 1:09 p.m. March 7 when Shenango Park Apartments employees found the boy. The employees also observed that the boy had a burn injury from his wrist to his elbow, police said.

The boy was taken to a local hospital, and Mercer County Children and Youth Services was contacted, police said.

Using video security footage, police said they learned that Tensley had walked away from her apartment for 12 minutes.

Tensley admitted leaving the child unattended in an unlocked apartment, police said.

When asked about the burn, Tensley told police the boy had pulled a bowl of soup from a table onto himself about a week earlier, police said.

She said she didn’t seek medical treatment because she feared child abuse would be suspected and the boy would be taken from her, she said.

The nurse at the hospital told police the burn should have received immediate attention, police said.

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