Police: Red Lion woman hid under bush with daughter to avoid detection
A wanted Red Lion woman is facing a felony child endangerment charge after hiding under a bush with her 5-year-old daughter to avoid detection, state police said.
According to a criminal complaint filed Monday with District Judge John H. Fishel, Rachel Renee Demasi, 45, was discovered under a bush with her daughter about 4:30 a.m. Sunday on South Pine Street.
Demasi’s daughter was soaking wet and muddy. She also was crying, visibly upset and scared, the complaint stated.
State police said the girl was released to the custody of her father, Vincent Demasi, who reported his wife left their house on West Broadway Street on foot with their daughter just before 1 a.m.
Vincent Demasi told troopers he believed his wife was suffering from a mental breakdown and his daughter was in danger. He also said he didn’t think his daughter was appropriately dressed for the weather, which was 42 degrees with a steady rain.
The girl was wearing only sweatpants, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a short-sleeved shirt, according to the complaint.
Prior to leaving the house, state police said Rachel Demasi hid her cellphone, as well as her husband’s, in a bush.
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