Woman given sandwich-style sign option

From local sources

PETERSBURG — A Winslow woman was scheduled to receive a 50 percent reduction in her jail sentence today if she wears a sandwich-style sign in front of the Pike County Courthouse informing the public of the dangers of failing to supervise young children.

Jennifer R. Gist pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent after her two toddlers were found by a Petersburg Police Department officer on Petersburg’s Main Street at 3:25 a.m. on May 23, 2013, according to the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office.

During a hearing in which her guilty plea was accepted, Gist admitted she had failed to follow a Pike County Department of Child Services safety plan, which as been put in place after her two small children were found playing on railroad tracks in July 2012. According to the plan, Gist was required to place and use a child safety latch on her back door. The latch was not in place when the children left the house during last May’s incident.

On March 14, Gist pleaded guilty was received a sentence of 20 weekends in jail, probation and community service. However, the plea provided that she could cut her jail time to 10 weekends if she performed the educational demonstration today.

According to the prosecutor's office, the front of the sign will read, "Do you know where your toddlers are at 3:25 a.m.?" and the back will read, "I should've followed the DCS safety plan."