December 19, 2014

Elyria
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4-year-old boy found wandering alone outside again

ELYRIA — Police are investigating an incident in which a 4-year-old was found wandering the streets alone — the same boy who was involved in a similar incident last year, according to police.

At 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers were sent to West Avenue and 15th Street when a witness called saying she was with a 4-year-old boy she found trying to cross the street without an adult.

Police said the boy appeared disoriented, scared and was shivering. It was 28 degrees outside, according to a police report, and he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Police spoke with the boy, who had a hard time communicating, but he did manage to say his father was at home sleeping. Officers tried to locate the boy’s home, but he led them to a storage shed at an apartment complex on Middle Avenue.

After taking the boy back to the police station, officers determined that he had a grandfather on West Avenue with whom he stayed frequently. The child was taken to his grandfather, who told police that the boy’s mother works nights, and he should have been home with his father.

A police report lists the father’s address in the 300 block of 13th Street.

Lt. Chris Costantino said police are investigating the incident, because the child’s mother had been charged with child endangering in October 2011.

On Oct. 4, the child, then 3, reportedly was found in the middle of the roadway with his 2-year-old sister
at 9:11 a.m.

Three women, who were in the area of Middle Avenue, saw the two children running in and out of the road unattended with only diapers on. The women grabbed the children before they were hit by cars, according to a police report.

Police said the children’s diapers were saggy and dirty.

Neither child could tell officers where they lived, but officers located the mother, who was sleeping in their home in the 700 block of Middle Avenue. She was issued a citation for two counts of child endangering, but those charges were dismissed in Elyria Municipal Court.

Costantino said Lorain County Children Services will be notified of the recent incident. He did not know if the agency had been involved with the family before.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.