Elyria police: 3-year-old wandering street for 2nd time in week
Cassandra Nist, newsnet5.com , Dave Arnold, newsnet5.com
12:09 PM, Feb 15, 2013
7:12 PM, Feb 15, 2013
ELYRIA, Ohio - A mother was cited after her 3-year-old was found wandering the streets Friday all alone, again.
Officers were called to the area of East Avenue and Sixth Street just after 9 a.m. for a 3-year-old found in the roadway, according to Elyria police.
Officers met with the bystander who spotted the child and the child's mother, Latasha Andrewski, 33. Mother and child were returned to their home where Andrewski was cited for child endangering.
Elyria police said this is the second citation for Andrewski for nearly an identical incident.
Thursday morning, the 3-year-old was found wandering East Avenue in 35-degree temperatures wearing shorts, a T-shirt and rubber boots.
Children and family services is investigating. The child remains with his mother at this time.
Andrewski will face an Elyria Municipal Judge next week.
UPDATE: by Dave Arnold 02/15/13 6 p.m.:
Elyria police released reports dating to Oct. 11 that shows the father of the child, Alan Andrewski, called 911 expressing that he could not find his child. The report stated at the time that Andrewski "advised that he and his wife have three adoptive children and that Trevor can be a real handful."
The report states that an officer was called to the area of East Broad Street and Park Avenue where a small child riding a plastic three wheeler in the middle of the street had been rescued by motorists and a couple construction workers. He had been riding in the middle of the road with heavy traffic.
Dave Schroeder has owned his Schroeder's Service Station at that corner for decades. He clearly remembers the incident that morning at about 10:30 a.m., Oct. 11.
"There's a kid riding down the middle of the street on a big wheel, so we get him off the side and bring him over here. And a couple people are talking to him and we want to try and figure out what's going on. Next thing you know, he's hopping back on the big wheel and taking off," Schroeder said.
Two of the men kept him in sight trying to help him find his home, but the 3-year-old wasn't much help with firm answers, only knowing his parents' names as "mommy and daddy."
Eventually, Elyria police transported him to the police station where he was reunited with his father and mother.
Alan Andrewski was not cited in the incident, though Lorain County Children's Services and police detectives were investigating possibilities of charges at the time.
On Jan. 3, Elyria police responded to an emergency call by a passerby of the toddler once again. This time it was near a new residence at the intersection of 6th Street and East Avenue. The report stated the incident as "unsupervised sm child just ran his bike into middle of traffic." No charges were filed at that time.
On Feb. 13, 2013 shortly after noon a motorist alerted Elyria police to the same toddler walking in the middle of East Avenue unsupervised.
This time 33-year-old Latasha L. Andrewski was arrested, cited with a summons to appear in court next week.
The following day, Feb. 14, the boy was found again unsupervised near busy East Avenue by a motorist. He was wearing shorts, a t-shirt and rubber boots. When police arrived his mother was with him and the motorist who had called 911. Andrewski was cited again for child endangerment.
Andrewski stated to police that "I was going to put alarms on the doors but I haven't done it yet."
The citations for endangering children are both first degree misdemeanors.