Toby Woman Acquited by Jury

A Tobyhanna woman has been acquitted of endangering the welfare of children.

A Monroe County jury deliberated just two hours before acquitting Robin D. Wheeler of all the charges filed by Pocono Mountain Regional Police officer Michael Rice in February.

The charges stemmed from a domestic dispute between Wheeler, who is a hair stylist, and her husband, according to court papers.

The police arrived at the scene after receiving a call placed to the Monroe County Control Center from Wheeler’s 9-year-old daughter. The daughter reported her parents were pushing and shoving each other.

When the police arrived, the parents were gone, the lights were out and the children were in bed.

Wheeler’s lawyer, Public Defender Michael A. Ventrella, said his client drove her husband to another home, to get him out of the house.

The endangering the welfare charge was filed because the children were left unattended.

Assistant District Attorney Barney Anderson prosecuted the case before Monroe County Judge Maggie Worthington.

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