3 Men Facing Charges In Disappearance Of Foster Kids
UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — There are new details on five children who disappeared from their foster home in Latrobe.
Those children have all been found, but three men whom police say helped in their disappearance are now facing charge.
The missing girls, 17-year-old Brittney Dainty, and her child, 2-year-old Neveah, along with Dainty’s sisters – 12-year-old Danielle, 12-year-old Cassie and 7-year-old Hanna, were all found safe.
According to State Police, the oldest girl didn’t want to stay in a foster home and decided to leave without permission.
Brittney told investigators she and her sisters needed a ride, so she contacted 41-year-old Joseph William Sickler, 18-yeawr-old Erik Sean Michael Spaziani and 17-year-old Jacques Jones.
Shortly after midnight, authorities say the girls got into a van driven by Sickler with Spaziani and Jones already passengers. The group eventually ended up in Uniontown around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
But not before they drove Cumberland, Maryland, looking for a hotel.
“They basically coordinated with them to pick them up at the residence and drove them around for part of the evening before coming back to Uniontown,” said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stefanie Plume.
Once back in Uniontown, the children got word a lot of people were looking for them. Sickler drove the three youngest Dainty sisters close to the Uniontown Police Station and let them out.
But Brittney and her baby went to a home on Lenox Street.
“Upon speaking to the girls we were able to locate a residence in Uniontown City and found the other two females that were reported missing,” said Trooper Plume.
The girl and her baby were okay, and Sickler and Spazianni – men with significant and violent criminal histories – were found hiding in the basement.
Jones later turned himself.
All the men were charged with interference with the custody of children and are being held on the $25,000 straight cash bond.
All five children were returned to Children and Youth Services.