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Mother speaks out after toddlers found outside Geneva motel

Mother accused of EWOC gives her side of the story

Source: Canandaigua Messenger

The Geneva woman accused of endangering the welfare of a child talked to the Canandaigua Messenger, and gave her side of the charges — reported by law enforcement last week.

Jasmine O’Connell, 28, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her two children, both less than two-years-old, were found outside, unsupervised by an unidentified woman.

O’Connell described a difficult set of circumstances.

“It was in the morning and I was sleeping and I didn’t hear the kids get up, and my son let both him and my daughter out of the hotel room we were staying in,” O’Connell told the Post, who said that the Department of Social Services had them staying in the hotel for two months because they were homeless. “Not long after they were found by a lady and she picked them up and put them in her car.”

O’Connell told the paper that she didn’t realize her kids were outside until she was awoken by cold air from the door that had been left open.

She told them that the kids were likely outside for less than 15 minutes.

The couple and their children have found a home since the incident; and plan to appear in court in December to answer the charges filed.


Deputies: Toddlers found in busy roadway, motel parking lot in Geneva

Deputies say a 28-year-old Geneva resident was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after two children were found walking around a road, and parking lot.

The incident unfolded on Friday at America’s Best Motel located on State Route 5 in the Town of Geneva around 9:30 a.m.

Jasmine O’Connell, 28, of Geneva was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to deputies.

Deputies say her 2-year-old child was found walking in the road; and a 1-year-old child, also hers, was located in the parking lot – not in her care.

Neither child had appropriate clothing on for the conditions outside, according to deputies. However, the children were not injured.

Appearance tickets were issued and the charges will be answered in Geneva Town Court at a later date.

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