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Woman who took young son to drug deal gets probation

Posted 8/9/17

A Highspire woman will serve probation after being accused of taking her 5-year-old son to a drug deal in Harrisburg.

Kelly Ann Cokosky, 26 of Highspire, recently was sentenced by Judge Scott …

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Woman who took young son to drug deal gets probation

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A Highspire woman will serve probation after being accused of taking her 5-year-old son to a drug deal in Harrisburg.

Kelly Ann Cokosky, 26 of Highspire, recently was sentenced by Judge Scott Arthur Evans to two years of probation after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and drug paraphernalia charges.

On March 26, 2016, according to authorities, Cokosky was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation around midnight in the 1800 block of Market Street in Harrisburg.

When officers approached the vehicle, they observed Cokosky, who appeared to be under the influence of heroin, police say.

Cokosky was one of four adults in the vehicle. Cokosky was found in possession of a heroin use kit — syringes, empty packets, spoon and water.

Her 5-year-old son was in a car seat in the back seat.

Based on her recent use of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and time of night, she was charged with endangering the welfare of the 5-year-old, according to authorities.

Cokosky also was sentenced to three years of probation for a March 2017 forgery and theft. In that case, she stole a person’s checks, signed his name and then cashed approximately $6,000 worth of checks, police said. The checks were cashed over a span of 25 days.

At the time of sentencing, Cokosky’s prior criminal history was very limited, according to court officials.

The case was prosecuted by Dauphin County Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen R. Zawisky, who said that this case is the perfect example of how bad heroin addiction can be.

“Heroin addiction not only affects the user, it affects the user’s children and entire family as well. Despite the obvious dangerous risks involved with purchasing and using heroin, the defendant took her 5-year-old son with her to purchase drugs late at night. A child shouldn’t have to endure that experience,” he said.

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