A Jackson Township man who had been accused of allowing his girlfriend's young daughter to live in filth had his child-endangerment charge dismissed on Friday.

Instead, Rodney Lee Gabelli Jr., 33, of Chesapeake Estates mobile-home park, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three years of probation, according to court records.

A charge of aggravated assault also was dismissed as part of his negotiated plea agreement, records state.

Gabelli's girlfriend, Rhonda Pauline Lawrence, pleaded guilty in February to simple assault and disorderly conduct for a domestic dispute with Gabelli.

Northern York County Regional Police discovered Lawrence's 5-year-old daughter had been left alone inside the couple's home.

According to court documents, an officer went inside the trailer about 2:30 a.m. May 24, 2013, after responding there when neighbors called 911 to report Gabelli and Lawrence were physically fighting outside and that neighbors had joined in the fray.

Odor 'unbearable': The officer was met with "an unbearable odor" inside the trailer, and saw that most of the living-room floor was covered in animal feces, cigarette butts, loose trash and garbage bags full of trash, clothing and toys, documents state.

Also in the living room were three large animal cages that held four chinchillas; a dog and a cat also lived in the home, according to police.


The kitchen had trash scattered on the floor, a table flipped on its side and counters that were covered with dirty dishes, spoiled food and other trash, documents state.

The officer found Lawrence's daughter in a bedroom, asleep on a urine-stained mattress that didn't have sheets, according to police.

Drunk, cursing: Lawrence was highly intoxicated, yelling profanities and was uncooperative with officers, court documents state. She was arrested at the scene.

Gabelli resisted arrest but was taken into custody, police said.

At that point, a 15-year-old neighbor girl holding a large knife threatened to kill Gabelli but was disarmed by officers, police said. The teen told police that prior to them arriving, she saw Gabelli beating up Lawrence and intervened, documents state.

Gabelli pinned the teen to the ground and grabbed her neck hard enough to leave bruises, according to police, and also punched Lawrence repeatedly in the face and head.

Assault charges: Police filed two counts of aggravated assault against Gabelli for allegedly assaulting Lawrence and the teenage girl, but one of those counts was dropped at his preliminary hearing when Lawrence refused to testify against him.

The aggravated assault charge filed for the alleged assault on the 15-year-old girl was dismissed as part of his plea agreement, records state.

Lawrence's daughter was taken into protective custody by York County's Office of Children, Youth and Families, and the animals were taken by the York County SPCA, police said.

Deputy prosecutor Stephen McDonald has said Lawrence was not responsible for the home's "deplorable" conditions because she had moved down to Maryland and had only returned to the trailer the day police were called.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.