School call leads to arrest of Leechburg woman accused of child abuse

A Leechburg woman is facing three felony charges after primary school officials reported a 5-year-old suffered injuries to her face, back and arms.

Amanda L. Charles, 37, of Beale Avenue, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, which are felonies. She also faces charges of reckless endangerment and common assault, according to a criminal complaint.

Charles is being held in the Armstrong County Jail after failing to post $50,000 cash bond, court records show. She faces a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Andring on February 9.

An officer was dispatched to David Leech Elementary School on January 13 for a report of a 5-year-old child being injured in the face, back and arm, according to the complaint.

School officials said they were “reluctant to send the child home,” so the officer filed a report through the state’s ChildLineabuse notification system and contacted the services agency. to Armstrong County Children, Youth and Families to arrange a forensic interview with the child, according to the complaint.

The child told a counselor at Kay’s Cottage in Kittanning that the injuries were caused by Charles, according to the complaint. The child was also examined at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where doctors said the boy’s injuries were “consistent with abuse,” according to the complaint.

When police questioned Charles on January 18, they said the boy’s injuries were the result of “throbbing fits” from the child. He throws himself on the ground,” according to his arrest papers.

The complaint says Charles also objected to the child being interviewed by authorities, according to the complaint.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .