WILKES-BARRE – An Avoca woman charged with leaving her five children unattended and in a home that police said smelled of urine and feces was sentenced to county prison Thursday.
Amy Williams, 38, of Costello Circle, was sentenced to 72 hours to six months on two counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of driving under the influence.
Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb ordered Williams, who pleaded guilty to the charges in February, to report to prison on May 11 to serve her 72 hours.
Williams must attend parenting classes, have no contact with her children and attend safe-driving school, Gelb said. Williams also received two years probation, which Gelb ordered to run concurrently with her prison and parole sentence.
According to court papers, on July 10, 2011, police were called to Main Street in Avoca for the report of a 6-year-old boy in a backyard asking for his mother.
Police said the boy was known to them because of a similar incident a week earlier. In that incident, police said, the boy wandered from the home and they later found out Williams had left her five children unattended while at a nearby bar.
The boy told police on July 10 that his mother went away all day. Police brought him back to his Costello Circle home, but no one there answered the door.
Police said they went to the rear of the residence and noticed a yard littered with broken toys and a garage door slightly open.
The boy went into the house to get a pair of shoes; that’s when police smelled a strong odor of urine and feces.
Police contacted Williams and told her to come home. Police said she pulled into her driveway and smelled of an alcoholic beverage. She was taken for a blood-alcohol content test to a local hospital, where she refused to submit to the test.
Police spoke with a 16-year-old at Williams’ home, and saw cat feces on the floors and an empty refrigerator.
The children were placed with family members by Luzerne County Children and Youth.