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A 28-year-old Meshoppen woman is in jail after authorities say she assaulted a child last last Wednesday night.

Ashley S. Paskaitis was charged by Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg with aggravated assault, strangulation, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Chief Krieg said that around 9:45 p.m., he answered a call to the Meshoppen Townhouses where he witnessed a young girl with puffy bruised eyes, a swollen lip and scratches in a unit that was nearby that belonging to her mother.



He called for Meshoppen Ambulance to examine the child, and also for
Wyoming County Children & Youth Services to make sure the child was in
protective custody.

Chief Krieg requested backup from Tunkhannock Township Patrolman Stephen Williams.

They went to Paskaitis’ home, but received no response to calls at the door.

Because there was another child believed to be with Paskaitis, the officers kicked the door in, and discovered her passed out on a bed upstairs.

When Chief Krieg attempt to put handcuffs on her, he said he discovered her in a very heavily intoxicated state.

He said she told him she would not and did not hit her child.

She was arraigned at 4:20 a.m., Thursday, before on-call Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith who set bail at $100,000.

Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Wyoming County jail.

She has a preliminary hearing set before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer on Dec. 18.