Reno woman facing endangerment charge

From staff reports

A Reno woman is facing a child endangerment charge in connection with an incident this month in which the woman is accused of leaving her children unattended on several instances.

Sugarcreek Borough police said in a criminal complaint that they had received prior calls reporting that the two-year-old son of Chrystal Marie Chavis, 36, was “sitting naked in a burn pit” and “between two pit bull dogs that were fighting,” which “the owners had to use a rake to separate…”

Then police received a call Oct. 12 stating that the two-year-old boy was “found wandering the streets of Reno with a pit bull puppy…wearing an extremely soiled Paw Patrol” diaper.

When police contacted Chavis regarding the second incident, she told them her older son had been watching her younger child when the younger child ran from him, the complaint said.

Chavis told police her older son called her to tell her the younger child had run away and that she found the child and the puppy, the complaint said. She told police that they were gone “not even a minute,” according to the complaint.

Chavis was arraigned Tuesday on one felony count of endangering the welfare of children. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 3 in Venango County Central Court.