Magisterial District Court Report
Alleged Child Abuse

Cory J. Dunn, 28, 90 Valley Stream park, Mountain Top, has been charged with aggravated assault-victim less than 6 and defendant 18 or oldere, simple assault, and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from an incident that took place on December 12, 2016. The charges were filed on January 11, 2017 by Sgt. Harry Ehret of the Rice Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Sgt. Ehret met with caseworkers of Luzerne Ciunty Children & Youth services to review a case of suspected child abuse. During the interview Samantha Cane described an incident that took place on December 22, 2016 at her home at 90 Valley Stream Park. Care stated that she was at work when she received a text message from Cory Dunn who is the biological father to their baby (A. D.) daughter born March 14, 2016. The message stated “Come straight home after work and get A. D. the f__k away from me”. She stated that she responded with ‘What is wrong” and Dunn responded with I’ve put this f_____g child down to bed 3 mother f_____g times, and each time I get her in her crib she freaks the f__k out crying. I broke my f_____g hand on the bedroom door cuz of this f_____g bull____”.

Care stated she went right home after work and when she walked into the house all of the lights were off and Dunn was sitting in the recliner with the two babies on his chest. She stated that she took A. D. from him and went into the bathroom and turned the lights and noticed the injury to A. D.. She stated that she then messaged Dunn’s mother and sent her pictures of A. D.’s injuries.

Dunn’s mother, who is A. D.’s grandmother, arrived a short time later and looked at A. D.’s injuries. She went into Dunn’s room to talk to him and returned stating, “I don’t think he did this.”

Care states that the baby isn’t even mobile; all she can do is roll over. She wanted the baby seen at the hospital and both proceeded to take A. D. to the Geisinger Medical Center. The medical evaluation displayed the following petechial and bruising on the left side of the face and neck. The opinion of the medical staff is that A. D.’s injuries are not accidental and should be investigated for child abuse. Care stated that she was afraid to make accusations against Dunn at the hospital for fear of how he would react.

Further investigation by Sgt. Ehret and Luzerne County Children and Youth Services show that the injuries A. D. sustained were consistent with her being put in a choke hold causing the injuries.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled January 25, 2017 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.

Drug Charges

Tammy Ann Diotaiuto, 39, 32 Woodbryn Drive, Mountain Top, has been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges were filed January 14, 2017 by Officer Davis Winsock of the Wright Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, officers were dispatched to 327 S. Main Road for a verbal domestic dispute between two females, a mother and daughter. Ptlm. Winsock and Ptlm. Kristen Paulshock arrived on scene to speak with the complainant, Debra Diotaiuto who stated that her daughter, Tammy Diotaiuto, took the complainant’s vehicle and keys and would not return the keys or the vehicle.

The officers knocked on the door at 327 S. Main Road and the female Tammy Diotaiuto answered the door. Ptlm. Winsock requested to speak with her about her mother’s vehicle which she refused to return. Tammy Diotaiuto invited the officers into the residence and gave Ptlm. Winsock permission to search the residence or any other occupants. Tammy stated that she and her mother began verbally fighting inside the house and Tammy threw her mother out of the house at which time Debra called 911.

Tammy Diotaiuto appeared visually intoxicated with slurred speech and glassy bloodshot eyes. She continued to try to go into the bathroom for her purse. Tammy lunged at Stout then fell to the floor screaming, yelling and kicking Officer Brian Stout and Ptlm. Winsock. Officers verbally advised Tammy to calm down. She refused and continued to fight with officers and refused several verbal requests to stop. Tammy was tazed with a drive stun by Officer Stout in the left leg once. She continued to resist officers and was eventually cuffed.

When Ptlm. Winsock checked the bathroom, Tammy Diotaiuto’s purse was open sitting on the corner of the bathroom sink, in plain view was a clear plastic container with a green vegetable like substance believed to be marijuana and a red marijuana pipe. Also located in the purse was a red makeup bag containing several hypodermic needles with an unknown liquid substance, five full syringes, eight used and two plastic straws with white residue and one silver spoon.

Tammy Diotaiuto continued to argue with officers, screaming and yelling obscenities while in custodyEMS arrived on scene and Tammy refused all medical treatment. She refused to cooperate while en route to the police station and also continued to physically kick the wall and door in the police station holding cell.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled February 1, 2017 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.