City couple face child endangerment charges

From Mirror staff reports

Altoona police have charged a city couple with child endangerment after an incident that led to them being taken to the hospital on Tuesday.

Joshua D. Seminsky, 33, and Amber Seminsky, 40, of 308 Second Ave., were arraigned Wednesday on a single count each of felony endangering the welfare of a child stemming from an incident Tuesday night in which police allegedly found Joshua Seminsky stumbling down the street with the couple’s 3-year-old child.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, officers were dispatched about 11 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Second Street and Fourth Avenue where they allegedly found Joshua Seminsky staggering down the street with the child.

Joshua Seminsky was “not able to maintain balance and was swaying severely,” Altoona police Patrolman Dusten Thompson wrote in the charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio.

“He had difficulty recalling his address but did state that he takes medications,” police said. Joshua Seminsky “continued to slip in and out of consciousness” while talking to officers, and he ultimately was taken by ambulance to UPMC Altoona.

When officers showed up at the Seminsky home, Amber Seminsky was passed out on the couch in the living room, police said. She was also drifting in and out of consciousness and couldn’t answer any questions from police.

Amber Seminsky was also taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment.

Police said Blair County Children, Youth & Families was contacted, and the child was placed in the care of an extended family member.

Joshua Seminsky was arraigned Wednesday morning and jailed in lieu of 10 percent of $15,000 bail, and Amber Seminsky was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond. They are both scheduled to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on the charges.


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