Pottsville man ad­mits caging child, leav­ing 2 oth­ers alone

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - bY peter e. bort­Ner STaff WrITer con­tact the writer: pbort­ner@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6014

POTTSVILLE — Ce­cil E. Kutz ad­mit­ted Wed­nes­day to a Schuylkill County judge that he kept three chil­dren alone in a North Man­heim Town­ship house, in­clud­ing one he had con­fined in a cage.

Kutz, 40, of Pottsville, pleaded guilty to three counts of reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son. Pros­e­cu­tors with­drew three counts of en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren.

Judge John E. Do­ma­lakes ac­cepted Kutz’s plea but did not im­me­di­ately sen­tence him. In­stead, he or­dered prepa­ra­tion of a pre­sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sched­uled Kutz’s sen­tenc­ing for 9:45 a.m. Aug. 28.

State po­lice at Schuylkill Haven charged Kutz with leav­ing three chil­dren, a new­born, a 1-year-old and a 22-month-old, alone for at least 40 min­utes on May 17, 2017, at his 316 Chest­nut St. res­i­dence just out­side Cres­sona. The house was “very hot” and had ex­posed wires and other un­fin­ished con­di­tions, po­lice said.

Fur­ther­more, the 22-month-old child was in a cage made of ply­wood and lat­tice that was less than 3 feet high and did not al­low the child to stand in it, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The cage had been in the house for some time, po­lice said.

Po­lice of­fi­cers said they were dis­turbed by what they saw in­side the house and had trou­ble de­scrib­ing it.

Kutz in­di­cated to Do­ma­lakes that he un­der­stood the terms and con­se­quences of his plea and was en­ter­ing it know­ingly and vol­un­tar­ily.

First As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Michael J. Stine de­clined to com­ment on the case af­ter Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing.

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