Police: Drunk mother fights with police after trying to pick up her kids from YMCA

By Amanda Klein | March 5, 2019

Pittsburgh police say a woman showed up at the Hill District YMCA Tuesday afternoon smelling of alcohol and holding a Smirnoff Ice wanting to pick up her children, who had already left the facility.

Anastasia Proviano, 27, is charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault, public drunkenness and three counts of child endangerment

Police alleged in a criminal complaint that Proviano was slurring her speech and swaying when she entered the facility at around 5:30 p.m. and loudly demanded that staff members turn over her two small sons.

Employees told her they had already left the facility on a bus. Several workers told police that they saw a four-year-old in Proviano’s SUV, who was unrestrained and not in a car seat.

When police arrived they observed her yelling and screaming at staff members and she was also “covered in urine and verbally combative,” the criminal complaint said.

Proviano kicked at and attempted to strike police officers before she fell to the ground, police said. While on the floor Proviano continued to kick at officers who were attempting to place shackles on her ankles.

Police said that she was also combative after arriving at the Allegheny County Jail.

Upon searching her car just prior to having it towed, police found an empty can of Smirnoff Ice,  Smash Screwdriver and a half-empty jar of lemonade moonshine.

Proviano’s three children are being cared for by a relative.

She was released from jail late Tuesday on a nonmonetary bond and faces a March 13 preliminary hearing.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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