Police urge patience in Greenville abuse case

GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) –  The Greenville-West Salem Police Department is looking for the person or person who vandalized a home on North Second Street where three people were charged in connection to the abuse of an 8-year-old boy. Police are asking for the public to be patient with the justice system.

The windows on a van were smashed and there is still egg residue on the North Second Street home where Mary Rader, Dennis and Deana Beighley live.

The three were charged last week with several felonies after court records say an 8-year-old boy was found nearly starved to death at the residence.

Jeffrey Crede, director of public safety for Greenville, said he wants residents to let the justice system work through the case.

“I’m asking the community to remain calm and not take issues into their own hands and let the criminal justice system work the way it is intended to,” Crede said.

Since the charges were brought to light, Greenville-West Salem police were dispatched to the address several times because the trio became the victims of vandalism. Ivan Pritts lives next door and said he saw the van windows broken over the weekend. He said there is no doubt that particular vehicle was targeted.

“It is somebody who knows the area because over here there are cars down there, there are my two and that was the only car targeted. Somebody knows who is driving it,” Pritts said.

Patti Fowler of Greenville said she hopes everyone heads Crede’s advice and lets the police do their work.

“Let’s be mature and deal with this as a community and just be there for the kids. There are two judges for these people. That’s the judge in the court system and God above.

Mary Rader and Dennis and Deana Beighley are scheduled to appear in Mercer County Court August 7.

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