Cops: Jeannette woman left 2 kids home alone while she stole a vehicle
A Jeannette woman allegedly left two children, ages 10 and seven months, at her home alone while she stole a vehicle Saturday morning, according to court papers.
Police said the home was in deplorable condition when they arrived after taking Amber L. Tavener, 40, into custody in connection with the stolen vehicle.
Tavener was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison.
Police were called to Clay Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a report of a Toyota 4 Runner that had been stolen and returned. The victim pointed out Tavener, who was staggering away, as the suspect, police said.
While under arrest, Tavener told investigators that the children were home alone. Officers said the house had clothing, trash and moldy food strewn around. The toilets appeared to be clogged and a stack of dirty dishes sat in the kitchen, police said.
The children are in the care of another person.
Tavener is charged with numerous offenses, including theft, receiving stolen property, child endangerment and driving under the influence. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Preliminary hearings are set for Jan. 3. She did not have an attorney listed in online court records.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, email@example.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.