Charges of child abuse filed against mother

March 02, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Darren Allen contributed to this article.

A Taneytown woman has been accused of leaving her 18-month-old daughter alone at home late Tuesday night, police said.

Terri Lynn Manolovich, 34, of the 100 block of E. Baltimore St. was being held yesterday evening on $25,000 bail on charges of child abuse, reckless endangerment of the child, confining an unattended child, disorderly conduct and failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer.

Officer Edward Engel said he stopped a 1988 Suzuki in Taneytown for having improper license plates.

After the vehicle, which was driven by a man, had stopped, a female passenger got out and began shouting, "Search me for drugs, go ahead touch me," and threw her coat to the ground, the officer reported.

Officer Engel wrote in charging papers that he told the woman several times to stop shouting and be quiet but that she continued shouting obscenities at him, appeared to be intoxicated and was unsteady on her feet.

The woman was arrested at 11:50 p.m.

Police said the woman had a blood alcohol content of 0.26 percent.

The officer said he knew the woman and asked her who was watching her small daughter. The woman told the officer someone was at the house. But the driver told the officer he was taking the woman to Emmitsburg to purchase beer and that no one was with the child.

The officer went to the woman's home and found the front door unlocked and the child in a crib on the second floor.

The officer said there was no food or milk in the refrigerator or in the house but that beer cans were piled on the kitchen stove, on the dining room table and in the living room.

The child was turned over to her grandmother after the county Department of Social Services was notified, Taneytown Police Chief Mel Diggs said.

Police cited Paul Melville of Taneytown for operating an unregistered vehicle and other traffic charges.

Several Baltimore Street neighbors said they were not familiar with the child's mother.

"It worries me so to think of any child either being neglected or not having enough to eat," said Margaret Maas, who lives across the street from the woman.

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