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2-year-old child found wandering alone in Elyria, mother arrested

Posted: 2:19 PM, Oct 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-23 14:19:50-04
Elyria police

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Elyria woman is facing charges after her 2-year-old child was found wandering the street alone on Tuesday evening.

The 38-year-old woman is charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and endangering children, according to Lorain County Jail records.

An Elyria police report states that officers responded to the 2100 block of Fowl Road and were flagged down by two women who said they found the toddler walking down the street without supervision.

One of the women told police that she went looking for the girl's family and found the front door of a house was wide open.

Police determined that the child lived at the residence. Officers located four other children, ages 2, 9, 11 and 12, inside the home.

The report states that the children were unsupervised and had not eaten dinner yet. Additionally, the report called a large fish tank inside the home a hazard, stating that it could be tipped over. It also stated that a stairwell in the home presented a hazard due to it having a 10-foot drop.

Officers tried to contact the toddler's mother but were unsuccessful, the report stated. Police then reached out to children services about the incident.

While officers were still on scene, they were notified by dispatch that the children's mother was on the way back to the home.

According to the report, when the mother arrived, police took her into custody. During her arrest, the woman struggled with officers, stating "you can't arrest me," and then dropped to the ground in what police described as a "deadweight state."

Eventually, the woman was placed inside a police cruiser and transported to the Lorain County Jail, the report stated.

Authorities left the children in the care of the grandmother.