Mom gets 5 years probation

LISBON – A mother who failed to take her child for medical care despite a broken arm was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Monday to five years of probation.

Stephanie Molter, 33, Eighth Street, Wellsville, will serve an indefinite period of the probation in the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center. Her children reportedly are no longer in her custody.

Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol said Molter was notified by officials at Wellsville’s Garfield Elementary about her child favoring an arm. For two days, the school contacted her and twice she neglected to take the child. On the third day when the child came to school, action was taken. The child was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital where a painful, buckle fracture was diagnosed.

Molter’s attorney, Joseph King, agreed with McNicol’s statements and said his client received two calls from the school while she was at work. But King said Molter came home from work on those days and found her child had been out playing.

Still, in a written statement he read on her behalf, King said her children mean the world to her.

“If I had a second chance, I would do things a lot differently,” King read from the statement.

Judge C. Ashley Pike agreed to put a hold on the sentence until June 1, allowing Molter to attend her eldest daughter’s graduation on May 26 before going to the EOCC.