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Summit Hill woman who endangered son, fought with police, sentenced

Published March 05. 2019 01:21PM

A Summit Hill woman, who police said assaulted her son and fought with police, was sentenced in Carbon County court on Friday.

Jessica Dale, 37, who previously pleaded to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count each of terroristic threats, institutional vandalism and resisting arrest for incidents in her hometown in February 2018, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of three to 18 months in the county prison followed by one year of probation on all the charges.

Dale, an inmate in the county prison, was given credit for 125 days already served. Although she has her minimum term in, she won’t be released from the prison. Matika ruled she must submit a pre-parole plan that includes her leaving the county prison to enter an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, which she must successfully complete. If not, she will have to return to the prison and continue serving the maximum term.

Police responded to Dale’s residence in the 400 block of West White Street on Feb. 9, 2018 for a welfare check of a child.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at 10:08 p.m. a child called 911 and said his mother was “highly intoxicated and unresponsive.”

Police arrived and found Dale’s son, then age 9, crying in the living room of the residence. Police found Dale in a highly intoxicated state in a hallway outside of the bathroom.

Dale was staggering, belligerent with police and fell twice.

Dale was belligerent with her child, called him a disparaging name multiple times for calling 911, told him to call his grandfather and then slapped his hand and threw his cellphone into another room.

Dale and her child were the only occupants in the home.

The second incident occurred on Oct. 27, 2018. At 8:55 p.m. officers responded to the Dale residence for a report of a runaway juvenile. On scene, officers were met by Dale, who had an odor of alcohol emitting from her breath, slurred speech and was stumbling.

Shortly afterward, her now 10-year-old son returned home. At this point Dale walked up to the juvenile with a closed fist and threatened to strike him. She then made several threats to the officers on scene and threw a telephone that hit one officer on the left shoulder.

She also punched the officer in the chest and threw a glass jar at him but missed him. The officer attempted to take her into custody, but she pulled her arms away and tried to hit him.

The juvenile reported he had a head injury because he went to look into the defendant’s bedroom and the door was closed on his head. That was the reason he fled the home.

Dale was taken into custody and placed in the back of a police cruiser. She began to bang her head and kicked the inside of the cruiser while yelling profanities. She was told numerous times to stop, but didn’t. She also threatened two other officers on scene.

At the police station, officers attempted to get her out of the cruiser when she kicked one of the officers in the right lower leg twice. She was eventually removed.

Matika told Dale, “These types of charges are very disturbing.”

He said she not only endangered her son, not once but twice, adding, “You might have scarred him for life.”

Dale told the court, “I didn’t mean to do it.”

Matika also ordered Dale to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, attend and successfully complete parenting classes and a anger management course, pay court costs of about $1,000, make restitution of $973.08 to the borough of Summit Hill, pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole and probation and render a total of 100 hours of community service.

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