119 N. Reading Avenue 119 N. Reading Avenue
Boyertown, PA Boyertown, PA
Charges: Endangering Welfare of Children & Aggravated Assault
On July 28, 2017, detectives from the Berks County District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation after receiving a report from the Berks County Children and Youth Services relative to an infant child suffering from failure to thrive as a result of nutritional deficiencies.
During the investigation, detectives learned that on July 25, 2017, a male infant with a date of birth of 06/23/2017 (will be referred to as infant child victim), was brought to a pediatrician’s office located in Gilbertsville, Berks Co., PA. Upon the examination by medical personnel, the infant child victim was transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital (Pediatric Unit) by ambulance.
Subsequently, the infant child victim was admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital for failure to thrive from nutritional deficiencies.
On July 26, 2017 ChildLine received two reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. The confidential referral sources are mandated reporters. The report listed that the infant child victim was suffering from “failure to thrive” with poor weight gain, growth and lack of nutritional needs.
Further investigation revealed that Pearl L. Grater, the mother of the infant child victim, and Gertrude M. Grater, the grandmother of the infant child victim, were using methamphetamines for days during the time period they were the primary caretakers of the infant child victim. Both the mother and grandmother neglected to feed the infant child victim because they were under the influence of methamphetamines, which rendered them incapable of providing care to the infant child victim. Additionally, when they would feed the infant child victim, they intentionally used toddler formula in place of the more expensive infant formula, which is essential for an infant to obtain the proper nutrients for growth and health.
As of July 28, 2017, the infant child victim was taken into protective custody at Leigh Valley Hospital by Berks County Children and Youth Services and placed into foster care upon his discharge. On the date of discharge, the hospital reported the infant child victim thriving while at the hospital with a weight gain since admission.
As a result of the aforementioned investigation, on September 27, 2017, detectives obtained warrants of arrest for Pearl Lynn Grater and Gertrude Mary Grater from Magisterial District Judge Michael G. Hartman for the aforementioned charges. Detectives apprehended the defendants this morning at 119 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA. 19512. They were transported to the Berks County Sheriff’s Processing Center for processing and video preliminary arraignment.
Pearl L. Grater's bail was set at $30,000 straight bail. Gertrude M. Grater's bail was set at $30,000 straight bail. Both are currently in Berks County Jail awaiting further court action.