Pittsburgh girl's hands freeze together, police say mother was smoking crack

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A Hill District woman was arraigned this morning on charges that she endangered the welfare of her 16-year-old daughter, who walked to an aunt's house Tuesday with frozen hands.

Yolanda Williams, 42, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail, according to online court records. She faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.

The girl told Pittsburgh police that her mother smoked crack, packed her bags, took her key and told her she had to get out of her house, according to a criminal complaint. The girl then walked to her aunt's home and "arrived with her hands frozen together," police wrote.

The high temperature Tuesday was 3 degrees. Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials asked people to stay inside when possible.

Ms. Williams told police her daughter packed her clothes and said she wanted to leave, but when Ms. William's boyfriend arrived he said something else, police wrote.

Ms. Williams is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Jan. 17.


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