New Kensington, Pa. – Police in New Kensington responded to a reported domestic dispute at 163 Freeport Road on Sunday only to find the mother staggering and wrapped in a blanket outside the residence as police arrived.
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According to the police criminal complaint, Sgt. Hess and Patrolman Shaw were greeted by Melanie Gigliotti, age 30 of New Kensington at the front door with her children. Police were notified a male had fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police said the children were not wearing winter clothes including no socks or shoes.
Gigliotti was staggering, disoriented, had pin point eyes, slurred speech and was nodding off constantly. The outside temperature was listed at 49 degrees by police. When police entered the residence, empty heroin stamp bags were on the coffee table within the children’s reach.
Gigliotti stated that a male was over her house and strip searched her in front of her children because she admitted to stealing three suboxone packets. Gigliotti stated the male never placed is hands on her. Inside the home was a single space heater in the living room heating the entire house. Gigliotti state that the water, heat and electric was all shut off. An extension cord from the neighbors home supplied electricity to the space heater.
Police said the home was filthy, all clothes were not clean and the children were eating uncooked Ramen noodle packets.
Sgt. Hess viewed a raccoon on the stairs that ran upstairs. Gigliotti was aware of the raccoon but did not know who to call to get rid of it. Gigliotti stated they were fighting the raccoon. The children were dirty and were digging through dirty clothes to find clothes to keep them warm. The complaint also states Gigliotti gave a false date of birth for her youngest child.
Police say medics were called to evaluate Gigliotti. Gigliotti also stated she snorted some sort of powder.
The children were transported to New Kensington police station and subsequently picked up by CYS and Child Line was contacted.
The following charges were filed against Melanie Gigliotti: 2 counts F3 Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, and 1 Misdemeanor Use/Poss Of Drug Paraphernalia.
A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled on 10/12/2017 @ 1:15 pm Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.
Gigliotti currently resides in the Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.