The wife of a man accused of endangering the welfare of children is now facing the same charges.
Christine R. Dunkowski, 46, of Middletown, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge John Kelly on six counts of felony endangering the welfare of children. Her husband Albert Dunkowski, 52, was arrested in September and faces similar charges.In court papers, police said an officer came upon an occupied vehicle in the parking lot of the Woodbourne Train Station around 2 a.m. on August 27. The officer found the Dunkowskis and four kids – ages 5, 6, 9, and 13 – sleeping in a vehicle. The office noted the inside of the vehicle was in “poor condition” and there was trash all over the seats and floor.
The Dunkowskis objected, but police called medics because the children “appeared sickly,” authorities said.
The couple’s four kids were taken to St. Mary Medical Center by the Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad. At the hospital a doctor told an investigator that it was ““one of the worst cases of neglect I have ever seen,” police said.
All the children were suffering from malnutrition and had urine-soaked pants. The two youngest were in diapers that had not been changed and a girl with cerebral palsy had bed sores all over her body, police said.
The children were moved from the Middletown hospital to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia for additional care.
Investigate were told by the Dunkowskis of three additional kids they had. One of the children was located in Falls Township and “appeared severely malnourished,” police said.
The county took protective custody of the kids, police said.
Albert Dunkowski explained to police that his family was living in the vehicle after a fight with a family member. He said the family was living in an encampment in the woods near the train station.
LevittownNow.com pulled a copy of the Dunkowski’s marriage license from the county and learned the couple was married in 1996. Albert Dunkowski was born in Poland and lived with Bristol-native Christine Dunkowski (then Christine Barber) in Middletown’s Levittown section.
Kelly was sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility after being unable to post 10 percent of $100,000 bail.
Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.