Mom gets 3 years for using kids for target practice

WARREN – A 30-year-old mother of six was sentenced to three years behind bars Tuesday after pleading guilty to a series of charges that spells out how she used four of her kids for BB target practice sometimes in exchange for cigarettes.

Coleen Stytle of Larchmont Avenue N.E. said nothing as Judge Andrew Logan handed down the sentence after the defendant pleaded guilty to four felony counts of endangering children, four felony counts of complicity to endangering children, five misdemeanor counts of endangering children and a charge of complicity to falsification.

She was arrested in August after authorities found out about the target practice with plastic BB pellets at a home on Chestnut Street N.E. in Warren in January and February of 2013. She has been held in lieu of $50,000 since her arrest.

Officials with Trumbull County Children’s Services learned of the episode after all the children were removed from her home for neglect.

The complicity to falsification charge stems from Stytle’s attempts to persuade her oldest daughter to lie to authorities about the allegations, according to assistant county prosecutor Diane Barber.

The misdemeanor charges stem from the neglect and the felony child endangering charges accuse Stytle of ”recklessly torturing or cruelly abusing” daughters ages 11 and 10 and sons ages 7 and 5. A younger daughter and the youngest boy were not victims in the shooting.

Three of her older kids are now living with their father and three others are in foster care.

Complicity to child endangering charges against Stytle stem from her accepting cigarettes from her brother, Robert Branch, in exchange for him shooting at the kids.

Branch, 26, of the same Larchmont address, faces four felony counts of child endangering. He is scheduled for a pretrial before Judge W. Wyatt McKay on Feb. 5.

The father of the three youngest children, Joseph Boone, 26, of the same Larchmont address, also faces four felony counts of child endangering for the shooting and five misdemeanor counts of child endangering for neglect allegations. He is scheduled for a pretrial before Judge Ronald Rice on Feb. 27 and a trial March 10.