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Toddler Found Wandering at Mall Twice in One Day

Mother and boyfriend are charged with child endangerment.

A mother and her boyfriend were held for court Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Monica Moskal and David Grant Weaver, of 290 Scott Ln., Venetia, are both facing the felony to the third degree charge after Moskal's 3-year-old boy was found wandering at twice in one day.

dropped a simple assault charge against Weaver during his preliminary hearing Monday.

A security manager testified during the hearing that one of his officers saw the little boy unattended on the escalator on April 4. He reunited the boy with Moskal and asked her to watch the child, according to testimony.

About one hour later, when Weaver came to the mall to meet Moskal and the boy, a mother and daughter leaving the mall testified they saw the 3 year old in the parking lot in front of the food court entrance. They ran after the boy, brought him into the food court and contacted mall security.

Moskal retrieved the boy and brought him to the table where her boyfriend had the food they had ordered when the boy wandered away. Moskal did not contact security or police when she went looking for her son.

A food court employee testified that she saw Weaver "jerk" one of the boy's arms and "wail on his butt" and lower back region five to six times. She said the child was crying.

There was no proof the boy was injured and Wyda determined Weaver did not intend to cause bodily harm to the boy during the spankings; therefore he dropped the simple assault charge against Weaver.

Mall security contacted Bethel Park police after the incidents. They interviewed Moskal and Weaver at the police station the next day before charging them.

What do you think of the child endangerment charges against Moskal and Weaver? Do you think Weaver should have spanked the boy in the food court? Tell us in the comments.

Tax Payer April 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
When a mother spanks a 3 year old 5 or 6 times like that in public, you can't help but wonder what is happening in the home. Does she not realize it's HER fault that he wandered away, not his?
Mike Jones April 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
You should send this story to the Free Rangers.
Steph Harris April 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Mike, I thought the exact same thing!
Mary April 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I'm glad this incident was reported. The toddler could really have been hurt if he fell from the escalator or something worse could have happened in the parking lot. Yes, you do have to wonder how this child is treated at home if the parent strikes him in public.
USCMOM April 17, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Thank God for the mother and daughter who weren't afraid to get involved and got that child out of a busy parking lot and took him to security! Kudos to them!
ken April 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
we have cases like this were kids take off on their parents.i don't think it's appropriate to condemn them for correcting their child.secondly we don't really know what happen because when incident like this happen,their are so much stories to make it sound very bad.my opinion is i don't think the mother and boyfriend can leave that boy lost or what ever the story may sound to be and i always conclude when i hear from both side .
mimitodd April 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sorry, Ken but you don't correct your child by "wailing on his butt" and lower back region five to six times." Most parents would be so traumatized by losing their child the first time, there would be no chance of a second separation.
ken April 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
sorry tmcsanford,u wasn't their when all this happened.people take pride in trashing other people
C April 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
If the mall employee were willing to write an affadavit about the incident, the assault charges should have stayed in place. Of course they intended to harm the child - that's the point of hitting them repeatedly. And even if the physical consequences aren't permanent, the psychological consequences of negligent parenting followed by public physical punishment certainly may be. Also...that wasn't a "correction" - it was the parent taking out their own embarrassment on the child. And twice in one day suggests the parent was more interested in hanging out with their boyfriend than anything else. I'm not trashing people if the fact is that their public behavior tells a pretty obvious story. They trashed themselves. Plenty of parents are busy and under stress and have difficult children and don't find this kind of behavior necessary.
stacy April 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
let the mall write an affidavit i bet allot of them will back out because they cannot proff what is not true.leave the couples alone go read the story and and think twice before judging because it could be ur turn someday and u will be shocked and surprise how people can twist and frame up stories so i agree with ken.anybody can sit here and trash people to make them feel good about them selves those people watch out.

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