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EMT charged for not reporting abuse of her sons

Her boyfriend seriously and repeatedly beat and choked her sons, 6 and 8; she didn't report it because she was afraid she would lose her job, police say

By Joe Napsha
Tribune-Review

HEMPFIELD, Pa.— A Hempfield woman was charged Friday with recklessly endangering the welfare of children for allegedly failing to seek medical attention for an injured child and failing to protect two youngsters from repeated physical abuse.

Jana Rae Mannarino, 32, of Grapeville was arraigned on the charge before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis, who told the suspect that she could spend up to seven years in prison if convicted of the crime.

Mannarino was transported to Westmoreland County Prison, where she was being held on $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 17 before DeMarchis.

Mannarino did not comment on the charges when she walked into the district judge's office on her own, or when Trooper Raymond Andrekanic escorted her in handcuffs out of the building. If she is released on bond, DeMarchis ordered her not to have any unsupervised contact with any minor child, unless it is approved and supervised and must be approved by the Westmoreland County Children's and Youth Services.

Mannarino is accused of failing to protect the children from numerous incidents of abuse allegedly inflicted by Barry W. Woods, 36, from July 2013 to Feb. 4, 2014. According to the criminal complaint, Woods is alleged to have caused numerous injuries to both children while Mannarino was at work but told her the injuries were caused by the children falling down. Among the injuries Woods allegedly inflicted on the youngsters were a fractured sinus bone, bruises to the abdomen, face, arms and groin, a black eye and a bloody nose, and punches to the face and groin that caused the boy to bleed.

Mannarino, who told the judge she is an emergency medical technician, allegedly failed to seek medical attention because she was afraid to lose her job, according to a criminal complaint. When a male acquaintance of Mannarino saw a picture of the child's bruises, he told police on Feb. 3 that he suggested to Mannarino that she take the child to a doctor.

Two doctors at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh concluded that the injuries were caused by child abuse, the affidavit stated.

Woods has been in jail on $250,000 bond since February on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering the welfare of children in connection with the abuse of the two children.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Woods was arraigned Friday on additional charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, simple assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. DeMarchis raised his bond by another $100,000 on the new charges.

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Sunset Whitenack Sunset Whitenack Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:46:52 PM As ems she should know that not only is there great support with her field but she should of stood up for her babies and never let him do that, if she would of went to her sup and explained her fear that she needed help not only would her babies be safe away from such evil but she would also have a job counsouling and time off to take care of such matters , unfortunately I bet she to is an abused woman and most of the time women in that position have great fears of dieting being left alone or worse they become so codependent on the abuser they forget it's ok to get help . There is more to her story I would bet and thank god the kids are safe hopefully they can help her as well
Lucy Rizzetta Lantz Lucy Rizzetta Lantz Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:29:36 AM Afraid to report her own children are being abused because she would loose her job???? That is her job! professionally and even more importantly as a Mother
Alan Yates Alan Yates Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:00:52 AM Smoke screen. She needs to lose custody of those babies forever. She also needs to do the entire time inside. What kind of idiot lets someone abuse her own kids?
Robert M Hedgecorth Robert M Hedgecorth Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:06:36 PM i have been a medic over 20 years and you as medical personnel are mandated by law to report any abuse that's the law in illinois and i'm sure that law goes for any state and these are your own children you don't need to be a medic your a mother lock her up and throw away the key this is some bull.
Arrow Rock Community Fire Department Arrow Rock Community Fire Department Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:36:17 PM I'd say the real reason she didn't report was that she did not want to lose her boyfriend. Stockholm syndrome.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:41:23 PM A disgrace to the profession ...
Karen Amoia Karen Amoia Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:39:47 PM I would have lost my job over bearing the shit out this guy! She's full if shit and there has to be more to this. It's disgusting!
Cathy Perry Cathy Perry Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:38:05 PM Wow!!! Wow!!! Poor hepless children my God what are people thinking...this is sad.
Theresa Burckley Theresa Burckley Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:11:32 PM Excuse me but let's put her in a crowd of fellow "real EMTs and let her get beaten. Maybe this. Will impress on her one-eighth of what those poor little angels endured

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