Hazleton woman pleads guilty to assaulting children, officers

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton woman has admitted to her part in a violent domestic dispute that involved attacks on sleeping children and responding officers.

Vanessa Erazo, 30, entered a guilty plea before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough on Thursday to three counts of simple assault and one count each of endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment. All were misdemeanors.

Two felony charges of aggravated assault were withdrawn by prosecutors.

Erazo was arrested Feb. 15 after Hazleton police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of Alter Street at around 2 a.m.

According to police, another woman said Erazo came home intoxicated and began smashing items.

Police say Erazo then punched an 11-year-old girl in the head, and threw a dresser drawer on top of two girls who were sleeping in a bed.

When officers arrived, they found Erazo in a second-floor bedroom. Police say she tried to push pass an officer, punching the officer in the face when she was ordered to stop.

Erazo had to be carried out of the house to a cruiser. Refusing to get in, she allegedly kicked an officer in the chest and head.

She became cooperative once she was told she would be pepper-sprayed, police said. But when officers attempted to remove a hair tie, she allegedly slapped one of them.

Judge Vough set Erazo’s sentencing for June 4. She remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail.


By Patrick Kernan

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