Jersey Shore mother accused of endangering her children

JERSEY SHORE – A 31-year-old mother faces a charge of endangering the welfare of children after allowing who two children “to live in an unsanitary and dangerous apartment” where there was “a strong odor of garbage and urine” and the place was strewn with “bags of trash,” according to Chief County Detective William Weber.

Ila Mae Newton, of 433 S. Main St., has charged as a result of Weber and caseworkers from the county’s Children and Youth Department paying a visit to the apartment on Feb. 4.

Weber termed the place “a total disaster,” and it appeared that the only source of heat for Newton and her two children “was a small electrical heater in one room.”

The latest visit was prompted by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police finding a convicted sex offender, Steven Paul Scott, living with Newton and the two children in early January.

As a registered sex offender, Scott is prohibited from being around children, police said.

Weber noted in court papers that Newton has had a continuous problem of providing a safe environment for her children dating back to 2009. The children now are in their father’s custody, Weber said.

Following her recent arraignment before District Jerry C. Lepley, Newton was released on $10,000 bail.