York woman gets probation for strangulation and child abuse

YORK –Shantel Ervin, 43, of York, has been sentenced to probation for strangulation and child abuse.

She was initially charged with first degree assault, a Class 2 felony; burglary, a Class 2A felony; first degree false imprisonment, a Class 3A felony; assault by strangulation, a Class 3A felony; and child abuse, a Class 3A felony.

Later, per a plea agreement, the charges were changed to strangulation and misdemeanor child abuse and she pleaded no contest.

Court documents indicate officers with the York Police Department were dispatched to the 900 Block of Burlington Avenue regarding a disturbance, during which Ervin had grabbed a female by the neck. They were also informed that Ervin had left the scene in a white pickup truck and was driving west on Ninth Street.

While enroute, the officers saw the vehicle in question, according to court documents, and they saw a driver’s side brake light did not work. Officers activated their overhead emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, but report that she proceeded to drive two more blocks before pulling over.

Officers also went to the residence where the disturbance took place. There, they spoke with the victim, a minor, and an adult. The adult said Ervin walked into the house uninvited and started yelling. The minor was elsewhere in the house and went downstairs where Ervin was yelling. An argument ensued, according to court documents, and it was alleged Ervin grabbed the minor by the neck, squeezing it and making it hard for the minor to breathe. The adult said, in response to the assault and as an attempt to get Ervin to leave, she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and threw it in the direction of Ervin.

Eventually, the adult and minor said Ervin complied and left.

Following Ervin’s arrest, the minor was transported to York General for medical evaluation.

This past week, in York County District Court, she was sentenced to three years of traditional probation.

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