Keni-Lynn Mone, 33, of Rochester, had been charged June 23 with two counts of child endangerment and one count of animal cruelty, all misdemeanors, after the city found nine months of trash and animal waste inside her 7 South Blueberry Lane manufactured home.
Due to the conditions, the Division of Children, Youth and Families removed a teenage boy and a preteen girl from the home, while animal control officials removed a dog and a cat, police have said.
Prosecutors intended to seek Class A misdemeanor penalties on the child endangerment charges, which are normally Class B offenses. However, because they never filed a notice of intent to do so, Mone’s original charges had to be dismissed and Mone had to be re-arrested on Aug. 18, according to police.
Police said that Aug. 18 arrest, which occurred when Mone turned herself in that day, will allow prosecutors to seek the Class A offenses when Mone’s case goes to trial in Rochester District Court on Sept. 12.
Mone was arraigned on the new, but identical, set of charges on Monday. Her previous bail conditions weren’t affected by the second arrest, according to court records.
Mone now resides in the Partridge Green Apartments off Old Dover Road, according to court records.
According to Veno, Modern Pest removed dozens of rats from the 7 South Blueberry Lane and the surrounding area in the weeks after Mone was ordered to vacate the property, which is a part of Briar Ridge Estates.
Rochester Police Capt. Jason Thomas said Mone only faces one animal cruelty charge because there were “obvious signs” her dog was affected by the living conditions, whereas her cat showed no such signs.
The dog was removed June 23, the day of Mone’s arrest, whereas the cat wasn’t located and captured until about two weeks later, said Thomas.