Woman accused of taking baby pleads guilty to lesser charge

LISBON — An East Liverpool woman accused of abducting a Wellsville woman’s infant in the middle of the night was scheduled for a jury trial on Tuesday, but instead pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony charge in connection to the case.

Kira Elaine Dunn, 33, Weber Lane, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to interference with custody, a lesser-included charge for the first-degree felony kidnapping charge she was initially facing.

It was reported at the time of Dec. 27, Dunn removed a 40-day-old baby from the home of the mother, Maria Pugliano, without her permission.

Wellsville police were in the process of issuing an Amber Alert after Pugliano reported her baby missing at 12:45 a.m. She believed Dunn had entered her home and taken the child without permission.

Dunn reportedly had admitted to taking the child when Wellsville Patrolman Joe Saraniti reached her by telephone at 1:55 a.m. At that point, Dunn reportedly told police she had taken the child to visit her own mother and to Walmart.

The charge Dunn pleaded guilty to has a maximum prison sentence of a year. Sentencing is scheduled for July 19.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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