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Absconded Middletown Couple Convicted of Child Neglect in Absentia

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A Middletown Township couple were convicted in absentia today in a case of child neglect one doctor described as the worst he’s ever seen.

Albert Dunkowski, 54, and Christine Dunkowski, 47, were convicted by a Bucks County jury of three counts each of endangering the welfare of a child.

The Dunkowskis appeared for the first two days of trial but did not show Wednesday.

After attempts to locate them were unsuccessful, President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. issued bench warrants. Bateman allowed closing arguments to continue, and jurors deliberated for about three hours before returning with a verdict.

Sentencing was deferred until the Dunkowskis can be located.

At about 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2019, patrol officers with the Middletown Township Police Department found the Dunkowskis and four of their children sleeping in a vehicle at the Woodbourne Train Station at 903 N. Woodbourne Road. Two other children were found staying with family friends.

Credit: Bucks Co DA’s office

Bugs were crawling out of the vehicle, which was filled with trash and had an overwhelming smell of urine and feces, Deputy District Attorney Matt Lannetti said. The trash was piled so high, paramedics had a tough time finding one of the children.

“Letting your children exist in that environment is child endangerment,” Lannetti said.

The children appeared sickly, but the Dunkowskis refused to allow the children to be taken to the hospital. A paramedic at the scene notified an emergency room doctor at St. Mary Medical Center about the condition of the children and the Penndel Middletown rescue Squad took the children to the hospital based on the doctor’s recommendations.

A pediatric emergency room physician testified that the children showed signs of severe neglect and abuse and called it one of the worst cases he’s ever seen.

The doctor said all four of the children in the vehicle were suffering from severe malnutrition and were soaked in urine and wearing diapers that had not been changed in a long time, including a 9-year-old boy. One of the children, a daughter with cerebral palsy, had bed sores on her body from lying in the same place for a long time.

Police later located two of the Dunkowskis’ other children. One child was staying at a family friend’s house and had severe dental neglect that made it impossible for her to chew from one side of her mouth.

The sixth child was found by police in Falls Township and appeared severely malnourished and 30 pounds underweight. None of the children were enrolled in school, and the Dunkowskis never sought help from social services agencies, which is how they were able to hide their conditions, Lannetti said.

The Dunkowskis said they lost their home and had been living in an encampment in the woods alongside the train station when they were found by police.

“Being homeless is not a crime, being poor is not a crime,” Lannetti said. “Treating your children like this is a crime.”

During his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Lannetti showed the jury photos and video of the children when they were first taken to the hospital and how they look just a few months later. In the more recent photos and videos, the children appear smiling, playful, and, most importantly, healthy. He said taking them away from their parents gives them “hope.” The case was investigated by Middletown Township Police Detective Brian J. Hyams, the Middletown Township Police Department and Bucks County Children and Youth Services.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matthew Lannetti.

 

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5 Comments

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  1. Jacqueline

    October 9, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Kudos to all of police, courts and C&Y for saving these children! They did nothing wrong, yet they’ve been punished by the 2 people that are supposed to take care of them!! Way to go Jurors!! You definitely got it right!! I just hope the parents are found so they can face the fiddler!

  2. Marc

    October 15, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Fuck you asshole my parents are innocent CPS and middletown police are crooked

  3. Marc

    October 15, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    My brother and sisters were not saved now they are in more danger than ever the system has failed shut the fuck up and stop falling for the lies you gullibles are being brainwashed

  4. Marc

    October 15, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    No the jurors got it wrong no real evidence asshole

    • Jeff Bohen

      October 16, 2023 at 8:56 pm

      Dear Marc,

      The Jury disagreed. You’re entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Middletown Township

Levittown Brush Fire Sparked by Downed Powerline

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On scene video of a brush fire along Bristol-Oxford Valley Road in the Levittown section of Middletown Township on July 6

Firefighters from William Penn Fire Co. responded to a report of a brush fire and found a wire down across the roadway and a brush fire burning. PECO arrived on the scene shortly after to assure the power was secure before firefighters extinguished the fire. Middletown Police and volunteer Fire Police closed Bristol-Oxford Valley Rd between New Falls and Jollybrook Rd as the fire was put out, reported Ron Roberts.

No one was reported injured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire - Yardley Borough

More than 80 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave. This collective effort, part of a statewide mobilization running through August 18, is aimed at reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our area roadways, ensuring your safety on the road.

The enforcement wave will target heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. Motorists demonstrating unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.

Law enforcement will utilize strategies such as traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them.
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you drive slower than most traffic.
  • Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
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    According to 2023 PennDOT crash data, there were 1,363 aggressive driving crashes, resulting in 39 fatalities and 104 suspected serious injuries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.

    The goal of targeted enforcement is to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

Lower Bucks Police Departments Assist with Arrest of Warrington Man on Child Sex Abuses Charges

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A Warrington Township and now suspended Bucks County Corrections officer is behind bars in Montgomery County for alleged child sexual abuse offenses Thursday.

According to a press release  on or about March 6, 2024, the Bucks County District Attorneys Office and the Warrington Township Police Department initiated an investigation into a cybertip submitted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip, advised that a Kik Messenger user shared, disseminated, and/or uploaded apparent child sexual abuse material utilizing their platform.

Authorities say  through their investigation it was found that the account in question was registered to Christos Rallis of Warrington, PA. An arrest warrant was issued for Rallis, who turned himself in to investigators from the Warrington Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office on June 7, 2024.

According to the New Hope Free Press,  a spokesperson for the Bucks County government, confirmed Rallis,  was suspended from his correctional officer duties in late May due in part to the investigation.  He was hired to work at BCCF in February the publication said.

A spokesmen for the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said defendants are sometimes moved to neighboring county jails for security reasons.

He was arraigned before  District Judge Stacy Wertman who set bail in the amount of $250,000.00/10%. Rallis posted bond the same day

The Warrington Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Warwick Township Police Department, the Bensalem Township Police Department, the Middletown Township Police Department, the Hilltown Township Police Department, the Falls Township Police Department, and the Lower Makefield Police Department for their assistance with this investigation, a public safety spokesperson said.

Rallis is scheduled to appear for  preliminary hearing on August 5  and according to court records is represented by Parlow & Lang LLC of  Bensalem.

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