Shaver­town mother ac­cused of beat­ing, chok­ing kids

The Citizens' Voice - - Local - BY JAMES HALPIN STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jhalpin@cit­i­ 570-821-2058

KINGSTON TWP. — A Shaver­town mother is ac­cused of beat­ing her daugh­ter in the face and chok­ing her son in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Bob­bie Jean Ro­driguez, 31, of 89 E. Cen­ter St., is ac­cused of nearly chok­ing her son un­con­scious be­cause of a joke she didn’t like and pum­mel­ing her daugh­ter’s face af­ter com­ing home drunk at 3 a.m. one night last month. The po­lice com­plaint did not in­clude the chil­dren’s ages, but noted they are mi­nors under 18.

Ac­cord­ing to the charges, of­fi­cers were first dis­patched to 113 Sum­mit St. shortly be­fore 5 a.m. March 26 to a re­port that two of Ro­driguez’s chil­dren had run from their home. Po­lice ar­rived to find a girl hold­ing her face and cry­ing, with mul­ti­ple bruises and swelling around her right eye.

The girl’s brother told po­lice Ro­driguez had come home ex­tremely drunk and got into an ar­gu­ment with his sis­ter. Ro­driguez got irate and be­gan punch­ing the girl in her face, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

A wit­ness later told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the fight be­tween Ro­driguez and her daugh­ter had wo­ken him up, and that he went to the liv­ing room and split them up. The chil­dren fled into the bath­room, and Ro­driguez went af­ter them, de­stroy­ing the bath­room door as she tried to get at the girl, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

The chil­dren then ran from the home wear­ing only light cloth­ing while Ro­driguez “con­tin­ued an on­slaught of vul­gar­ity,” telling the boy never to re­turn, po­lice said.

The sib­lings told po­lice they had left a younger brother at the home with Ro­driguez and feared for his safety.

When po­lice went to Ro­driguez’s home, they banged on the door so loudly that neigh­bors came out look­ing to see what was go­ing on, but Ro­driguez didn’t an­swer, the com­plaint says.

The wit­ness even­tu­ally came to the door, and po­lice found the younger child in bed with Ro­driguez, who was in a “drunken lethar­gic state,” the com­plaint says. Ro­driguez had the “over­whelm­ing odor” of al­co­hol about her, and later blew a .24 per­cent blood-al­co­hol level on a por­ta­ble test, po­lice said.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, Ro­driguez grew en­raged and claimed she had video of her son act­ing out. She showed no re­morse or con­cern about her chil­dren run­ning off in the mid­dle of the night, and con­tin­ued talk­ing about past in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the chil­dren rather than what took place that day, the com­plaint says.

Luzerne County Chil­dren and Youth case­work­ers took pro­tec­tive cus­tody of the chil­dren, and Ro­driguez had to be es­corted out of the home be­cause she be­gan scream­ing at the younger child, who got “ex­tremely emo­tional at his mother’s rant­ing and ver­bal tirade,” the com­plaint says.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view a few days later, the older boy told po­lice that his mother had at­tacked him at the fam­ily home some­time last spring. He and his sis­ter had been telling jokes and he told one his mother didn’t like, the charges say.

Ro­driguez then pushed him against a wall and be­gan hit­ting him in the face be­fore putting him in a head­lock, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. The boy told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he nearly passed out be­fore Ro­driguez let go, ac­cord­ing to the charges.

Po­lice charged Ro­driguez in two cases with one felony count of stran­gu­la­tion, two mis­de­meanor counts of child en­dan­ger­ment and sim­ple as­sault, and one count each of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and ha­rass­ment.

Court records show Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Brian James Tup­per pre­vi­ously ar­raigned Ro­driguez on some of the charges and re­leased her on $1,500 unse­cured bail. Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Joseph D. Spag­n­uolo Jr. ar­raigned Ro­driguez on the re­main­ing charges Mon­day af­ter­noon and re­leased her on an ad­di­tional $25,000 unse­cured bail. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing was set for May 18.

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