Detective Sgt. Thomas J. Goggin said following discussions with the Chester County District Attorney's Office, charges will not be filed against Frances Mastrangelo, 24, of the 800 block of Marion Avenue, Spring City.
"After speaking with district attorney Marc Conti, we discussed this case and he declined prosecution on this case," said Goggin. "We both feel that she used very poor judgment while caring for the child. Without a doubt, the actions by the baby-sitter caused a great deal of duress to the parents, but we believe that wasn't her (Mastrangelo) intent, but that was the outcome of her actions."
Mastrangelo was baby-sitting 10-month-old Sara Rose Himes-Burnett at a residence on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue Tuesday afternoon, May 18, when she allegedly took the child to the park.
"She left around noon and left an answering machine message stating she'd be back around 4 p.m.," said Goggin. "The parents (Andrew Burnett and Tammy Himes) became increasingly concerned by 4 p.m. She wasn't permitted to take the child, nor was she authorized to take the child to a park."
Police were summoned to the Harrison Avenue residence and police immediately went into missing person protocol, contacting the county radio to the surrounding area with a description of both child and sitter, along with the District Attorney's office, county authorities, state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Around 7 p.m., the family received a phone call from Mastrangelo, stating that the child was at her residence.
Police and family members rushed to Spring City to be reunited with the 10-month old.
Goggin said through the course of their initial investigation, they discovered that Mastrangelo's blue 1988 Chevy Beretta was found in Reading near the Sovereign Center.
"She apparently said something earlier in the morning that her clutch was acting up," said Goggin. "When her car broke down, she took a bus to Pottstown and then got a ride from Pottstown to Spring City. It is obvious that the child wasn't taken to a park."
Goggin said that Mastrangelo was facing charges of interference with custody of children and concealment of whereabouts of children.
"Under the circumstances, with the car having mechanical failure, and that fact being collaborated, she is guilty of poor judgment," said Goggin. "The parents are relieved that they got their child back alive."