Woman applauded for reporting child endangerment
TROY - Brenda Comereski is being commended by Troy police for reporting a child endangerment situation this week, but she is modest about her actions.
"I think it was what anybody else would have done," said Comereski, when asked for comment.
According to court papers, the defendant in the case, Charli Kay Northrup, 34, of Canton, was charged with two counts of endangering welfare of children, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of leaving an unattended child in a motor vehicle for the incident, which occurred at 6 p.m. May 1 on Elmira Street in Troy.
Northrup faces a preliminary hearing at 1:45 p.m. May 9 before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy. She was placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility with her bail set at $65,000.
Troy Police Officer Floyd McDonald noted in an affidavit that Comereski had phoned him about the incident.
He said that she advised him that a Jeep was parked in front of the Tamarack Tavern. He said that a small child had been in the vehicle for about 1-1 ½ hours. He said the driver had left the vehicle and went into the tavern. In addition, McDonald said he noticed a second, smaller child in the rear seat driver's side.
According to McDonald, the vehicle was parked in a parking space near the intersection of Canton Street and Elmira Street along Elmira Street. He said this location is a high-traffic area, and it's not uncommon to have motor vehicle crashes at this location.
McDonald said that he made contact with Northrup, who was inside the tavern, and said she appeared to be "very unsteady on her feet" with bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of an intoxicating substance. He said she appeared to be impaired, and unsafe to operate a motor vehicle.
She is accused of leaving the two children unsupervised in the vehicle while she was in the tavern.
McDonald said the children were removed from the vehicle and taken to a safe place. Arrangements were made to get the children something to eat, as they had been waiting for Northrup to come out to go to dinner.
The Daily Review is not listing the nature of the children's relationship to Northrup in order to protect their identities.
Comereski said she was in the Liquid Sinn Tattoo shop at the time, and phoned police about the situation after she had been advised of it by the shop's owner, Jason Sawtell.
McDonald was grateful for her help.
He noted that Comereski got the children something to eat.
"If it hadn't been for her, this could have been more tragic because (Northrup) was impaired and may have driven away with the kids in the car."
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