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WILKES-BARRE — City police said they found an intoxicated woman caring for two young girls in an apartment on Airy Street early Wednesday morning.


Police said Meghann E. Jones, 30, called 911 at midnight saying she was robbed but did not want police. She called 911 a second time at 12:10 a.m. providing her name and address.


When police checked on Jones’ welfare, officers noticed a 2-year-old child was in street clothes running from room to room, and a 1-year-old child was wearing nothing but a diaper that needed to be changed, according to the criminal complaint.


Police allege Jones was the only adult in the apartment and she was highly intoxicated. Police said they also found open containers of alcohol throughout the apartment and tobacco mixed with toys. Dried food several days old was left on a high chair’s tray, and fecal matter was found on a mattress on the floor, the complaint says.


Police said Jones complained someone took a bottle of alcohol and never asked where her children had been taken too, according to the complaint. “Her only concern seemed to be the alcohol,” police wrote in the complaint.


Luzerne County Children and Youth Services took custody of the children after a relative of Jones was unable to drive to the apartment because of a snowstorm.


Police said Jones yelled profanities and stated she was going to kill someone and burn down the building. When told she was under arrest, Jones replied she didn’t care, using a profanity, and would just smoke some more trees, street slang for marijuana, police said.


A breath test allegedly showed Jones had an alcohol level of .227 percent, the complaint says.


Jones was arraigned by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township on on two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $7,500 bail.


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