OC woman facing child endangerment charges

An Oil City woman is facing child endangerment charges for leaving her young children unsupervised while she was passed out in her home.

Oil City police said in a criminal complaint they were called Tuesday afternoon to a residence on Washington Avenue by a Children and Youth Services worker who was unable to make contact with Hope Boyd, 27, at the home.

The CYS worker said Boyd’s two children, ages three and four, answered the door when she came for a visit and the children told her they were unable to wake up their mother, the complaint said.

When police arrived, Boyd had still not woken up so the officers went upstairs and found her in bed, the complaint said.

The complaint notes that the officers stood in the doorway of the bedroom and had to yell for Boyd several times before she woke up, according to the complaint.

Boyd told the officers she had been to a methadone clinic that day and had also taken gabapentin, the complaint said.

After Boyd came downstairs and spoke with CYS, police took her into custody, the complaint said. She refused to walk to the police car, causing the officers to have to pull her out of the house and walk her to the car, according to the complaint.

Her resistance caused an officer to fall down the hillside in front of the residence, the complaint said.

Boyd was charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

She was arraigned Wednesday and placed in the Venango County jail after being unable to post bail, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled Feb. 15 in Central Court.