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New Kensington woman charged with leaving 3 children to convicted sex offender

June 16 — A New Kensington woman faces child endangering charges after police say she left three children alone with her husband, a convicted sex offender.

Police charged Jaymi Lyn Kenney, 41, on Friday.

Police said she left three children aged 5, 7 and 16 in the care of Earl Eugene Kenney, 40, while she was at work on May 5, according to a criminal complaint.

Earl Kenney is listed for life on the state’s Megan’s Law site and should not be in contact with children without supervision.

He was convicted in November 2008 of several counts, including child sexual abuse, indecent assault and child sexual exploitation, according to a police report.

Earl Kenney was arrested on May 12 for violation of parole. One restriction on his parole is that he cannot be in the presence of children unless he is supervised by an adult. In addition, he must obtain written authorization from the parole office before coming into contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Earl Kenney is incarcerated in Smithfield, according to the state Department of Corrections.

A Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau social worker contacted New Kensington Police on May 5 regarding anonymous information that a Megan’s Law offender may be living with three young children, according to the complaint.

In June 2018, Jaymi Lyn Kenney signed a safety plan put in place by the office explaining that children should not be left unattended with Earl Kenney for any time.

According to the complaint, a social worker from the Children’s Bureau said she found Earl Kenney supervising the three children without any other adults present when the social worker made an unannounced home visit on the morning of May 5.

Jaymi Lyn Kenney returned from work. She told the social worker that she was not concerned about the safety of the children with Earl Kenney because he had been wrongly convicted, according to the complaint.

The social worker returned on May 6 and told Jaymi Lyn Kenney that she had been named as the abuser of the three children and that she should be watched while she was with them. One parent took custody of the three children.

Jaymi Lynn Kenney told the social worker Earl Kenney would not harm children and that she could not be charged with any crime because she had done nothing wrong, according to the complaint.

Jami Lyn Kenney did not have a lawyer listed in court records. Police have filed three counts of the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of children against her.

She is due for a preliminary hearing before New Kensington District Judge Frank Pallone Jr. on July 8.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, or via Twitter.

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