Bellefonte woman gets prison term for child endangerment

Judge Jonathan Grine sentenced a Bellefonte woman to four days to 23 and a half months in Centre County Correctional Facility on Tuesday morning.

Beverly Duck, 26, of Bellefonte, pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor count each of child endangerment charges in April. The charges stemmed from incidents in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, one of Duck’s children was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for what was eventually diagnosed as a dislocated elbow. Duck’s mother told police the injury occurred when Duck pulled on the child’s arm, according to the criminal complaint.

The child and two others were taken into the custody of Children and Youth Services after the incident, according to court documents.

In August 2014, police were called to the same hospital after staff there reported that Duck had dropped her newborn son on the floor.

Duck told hospital staff that she had fallen asleep with the child on her chest and the baby fell to the ground when she “jerked” during a nightmare, according to the criminal complaint. The baby was found to have a fractured skull, the complaint said.

Duck was arrested on the charges December 16, and spent a week at the jail before posting bail, according to court documents.

“We are very happy that these children are finally safe and removed from Duck,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a statement.

Justin Miller, Duck’s attorney, did not return a request a for comment.