Burgettstown couple face another child endangerment charge

July 19, 2014

A Burgettstown couple currently awaiting trial on a charge of endangering the welfare of children are now facing a second charge after their young daughter was reportedly found last month running naked on a borough street.

Brittany Lynn Whipkey, 30, and Leonard Weiser, 22, both of 136 Center Ave., will be charged by McDonald police after a resident reportedly spotted the 4-year-old girl on Center Avenue June 23.

The witness told police she was driving in the 100 block of Center when the girl jumped out from behind some bushes. The woman told police she almost hit the girl with her car. She told police the girl was not wearing any clothing and she was not being supervised.

The witness then saw the door open at 136 Center. She yelled inside but no adults came to the door. She also tried knocking on several other doors at neighboring homes. She also tried to get the girl to come to her, but she ran away, police said.

Police went to the home and saw several children standing in the doorway. The children told police their parents were home.

Whipkey and Weiser told police they were watching their children from inside the living room. Whipkey told police she let the 4-year-old go across the road to get diapers from her vehicle and that she was watching the girl.

Whipkey’s 7-year-old daughter told police her younger sister did run out onto the road and that she had just put clothing on.

The two were charged last September after the three girls were seen unsupervised on the street. One of the young girls was wearing only a diaper. Whipkey, at the time, told police her oldest daughter unlocked the door and the younger two followed her out. She also told police she was not sure what time she woke up but admitted that she had not checked on the children. Weiser told police he was sleeping and not aware the girls left the house.

The two were ordered held for court in May on the September charges. The new charges will be filed at the office of District Judge Gary Havelka.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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