The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 1, 2013

Woman held for trial in Sunbury child endangerment case

By Ashley Wislock and Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A city woman is headed to county court, while her sister requested a continuance after police said the siblings left their children in the presence of a registered sex offender.  

Jillian Baker and Connie Baker appeared before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum Tuesday afternoon in what was to be the sisters preliminary hearings on charges stemming from a Sept. 21 incident in which police discovered a 15-year old boy, who is autistic and was unsupervised, darted into traffic and was struck by a vehicle.

Police later discovered the boy was living with her mother, Connie Baker, and her boyfriend, Tyrone Green, of Northumberland, a registered sex offender, according to police.

After a brief preliminary hearing, Jillian Baker, 30, of 352 S. Fourth St., was held for court on a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children. Her sister, Connie Baker, 33, of 632 S. Front St., requested a continuance to

arrange for legal representation.

Connie Baker was charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of minors for allowing the child to live in a home with a registered sex offender and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and endangering the welfare of another person.

Both sisters were out on bail Tuesday, Green remains in Northumberland County Prison on a probation violation. The children have been placed with Northumberland County Children and Youth Services.