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PLAINS TWP. - Two women were arrested today on charges they failed to take a 2-year-old child who suffered burns to the hospital for medical care.


Tania Marie Staer, 32, and Amanda Melissa Lopez, 22, both of Ridge Street, Hanover Township, were arraigned by District Judge Diana Malast on one count each of endangering the welfare of a child. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail each.


Township police allege Staer and Lopez, when they resided on Mack Street in Plains Township in May, failed to take a 2-year-old girl to the hospital for burns.


The toddler suffered burns to her ear, neck, head and back, police said.


Police were told the toddler was burned with hot water that a 3-year-old boy had poured onto her.


Staer and Lopez placed a bandage and cream on the toddler’s burns, police said.


The two women gave excuses, such as not having a child safety seat in their vehicle, as a reason why they did not take the toddler to the hospital.


Police said in the complaint when Staer and Lopez moved to Hanover Township in June, they passed two hospitals - Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, failing to stop at either hospital for medical care for the toddler.


Preliminary hearings are scheduled on July 23.


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