LORAIN — A Lorain woman is due in Lorain Municipal Court today after being accused of child endangerment.
Shacara Payne, 22, was charged Saturday after police said they found her baby daughter unattended, dirty and wearing a diaper full of feces. Pamela McGill, Payne’s mother, called police to Payne’s home in the 2200 block of West 24th Street around 1:45 p.m. after knocking on the door of the home for about 20 minutes, according to a police report.
McGill said she could hear her granddaughter crying upstairs.
Police Officer Juan Rodriguez wrote that after receiving permission from a supervisor, he went through an open first-floor window to enter the home. He said the living room was filled with garbage and the kitchen was full of empty beer cans and liquor bottles and the refrigerator was empty with no baby food. Rodriguez wrote that he found the baby sitting beside the door of the second-floor bedroom she was in.
The baby appeared to have climbed out of her crib and used the couch to climb down to the floor. Rodriguez wrote that he found Payne and a man who is a registered sex offender sleeping in another second-floor bedroom that smelled of alcohol.
Payne appeared to be drunk and unaware of where her daughter was.
“When I advised Shacara of what just took place and that her daughter had been crying for over 40 minutes, she did not appear concerned about her daughter’s welfare or even ask to see her,” Rodriguez wrote.
Payne is free on a $1,000 bond.