Mother of 3 faces charges

LIBERTY — A 21-year-old Youngs-town mother who left two children under 6 years old in a running car Tuesday in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter, 200 Goldie Road, pleaded not guilty to child endangering during a Wednesday hearing in Girard Municipal Court.

Poorsha B. Cathey, 278 Dupont St., Youngstown, was released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to return to court Jan 15.

Police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a report of two children being left alone in an operating vehicle for about 20 minutes. The children, a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old, were seen by officers crawling from the rear to the front seat of the vehicle over the center console.

There were no car seats in the vehicle, according to the police report.

The vehicle’s radio was on and the door was unlocked.

When questioned, the 6-year-old told officers his mother went into the store to get groceries with his little sister, according to the police report. Cathey returned to the vehicle at 7:38 p.m. with a cart full of groceries.

She was arrested on a charge of child endangering.

Cathey told officers she needed groceries and there was no one else to watch the children. “Cathey appeared to lack any sense of urgency to the return to her children,” the report noted.

Cathey’s mother picked up the children, according to the report.