Penn Yan woman arrested again; caught letting 3-year-old wander around village

A 30-year-old Penn Yan woman was arrested for a second time this year after her son was again seen crossing a street, while she was passed out at her home. While the child was uninjured, the woman faces new charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Officers arrested Tia L. Sheldon, of Penn Yan after a motorist found Sheldon’s son crossing Liberty St. around 6:20 pm on Monday. The witness says that she observed the young boy attempting to cross the street — and she stopped to ensure that the boy was safe.

The 3-year-old told the motorist that he could not wake up his mother.

Penn Yan Officers responded to the apartment, and after announcing their arrival several times — finally forced entry into the home, which was unlocked.

When they made their way into the apartment and located Sheldon, officers say there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from her.

she was taken into custody and transported to the police station where she did not submit to a prescreen breath test, which determined her blood alcohol-content to be greater than four-times the legal limit.

Sheldon was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and arraigned in Penn Yan Village Court.

Sheldon was arrested in January, as well, after a similar situation played out — and her son was seen walking across Chapel St.

The 3-year-old was released to a family member and the case has been turned over to child protective services.

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