State College mother sentenced to jail for neglecting toddler

A State College woman will serve 10 days in jail and 80 days on house arrest for allowing her young child to become malnourished and ignoring doctors orders to get the toddler medical treatment.

Penny Mason, 37, was sentenced Wednesday on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child. She pleaded guilty in June.

Centre County Judge Bradley P. Lunsford also ordered Mason to serve five years probation on the charge.

Prosecutors said the child, then just 2 years old, was removed from Mason’s home by court order in 2010 and was found to be extremely dehydrated and malnourished, weighing less than 18 pounds.

A further investigation revealed the child had only been taken to a doctor for wellness checks or immunization updates twice after birth. On the second visit, in 2009, a doctor found the baby was malnourished, prosecutors said.

Mason failed to comply with the doctor’s orders to bring the child back for further visits.

“Even though it took quite a while before her system could get used to gaining minimal weight back, we are happy to report that this little girl is now healthy and getting the love, attention and protection she deserves from her new family,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a statement.