PITTSBURGH — Authorities are searching for a Pennsylvania woman who allegedly left her 5-year-old son alone for long periods of time, beat him and forced him to smoke a crack pipe.
Rochelle Daniels, 39, has been missing since Aug. 26 when she left her son with a friend while she went to talk with a former employer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She never returned home.
The next day, the boy’s aunt was notified that he was at the friend’s house and that the mother was missing.
On Sept. 4, he told his aunt that Daniels made him smoke something that looked like a crack pipe. The child said his mother took something “long” and pushed something “white” to the end of it. She then took a lighter, lit the end of it and told him to smoke it.
He also told police that Daniels would leave often him home alone at night and that she never gave him breakfast before school. He said he also spanked him with a paddle.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Daniels on Tuesday and she has been charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, corruption of minors and recklessly endangering another person.
The aunt continues to care for the boy.