Oil City woman accused of child endangerment

From staff reports

An Oil City woman is facing child endangerment charges after her daughter was found unresponsive due to diabetic issues.

On Sept. 2, emergency medical personnel responded to a residence on East Second Street for an unresponsive girl with diabetic issues and the child was hospitalized as a result, according to a criminal complaint filed by Oil City police.

The girl’s mother, Jessica Devaney, 49, has been charged.

Medical personnel told police that the girl was in a condition “near death or could have died based on the medical emergency” and that her condition was not something that happens quickly, and it takes a period of time, the complaint said.

Police found the girl’s insulin pump had been detached and not functioning for multiple days; during that time Devany ignored an alarm on the insulin pump and failed to get her daughter medical assistance, causing the girl to have a medical emergency requiring hospitalization, the complaint said.

Police received medical documentation showing other similar incidents in the past that required “in-patient treatment,” the complaint said.

Devaney has been charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children.

Devaney was arraigned on Thursday. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3 before District Judge Andrew Fish.