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Couple Facing Charges
8/12/2019
 
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A Loretto couple are facing charges after police say they left their baby for an hour in an unlocked running car outside of a bar. According to a criminal complaint, 46-year old Eric Ellis and 37-year-old Amber Mattix are each facing a felony charge of endangering the welfare of children, among other charges. State police say they were dispatched to the Sankertown VFW for reports of a 15-month-old baby left unattended in a vehicle Saturday night. According to state police, a trooper arrived to find the car running with the doors unlocked and the baby sleeping in the back seat. The trooper waited near the car for about five minutes. During that time, no one came to check on the baby, the complaint says. The trooper entered the building and found Ellis sitting at the bar drinking a beer. The complaint says Mattix was outside the bar in a gated recreational area. Ellis told police that he and Mattix had been inside the bar for over an hour, but were checking on the child every 10 minutes, the complaint says. State police say a witness told the trooper that the couple never checked on the child. According to the complaint, the baby was placed in the custody of a family member. Mattix and Ellis are being held in the Cambria County prison in lieu of $30,000 bond.
  
 
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