September 16, 2014

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Elyria mom charged after 3-year-old is found wandering streets a third time

ELYRIA — An Elyria mother was charged with child endangering after police found her child wandering the streets alone for the third time.

Police arrested Latasha Andrewski, 33, Wednesday at her home in the 200 block of West Sixth Street after officers found her three-year-old son in the middle of East Avenue.

A passing motorist called to report the incident, and the boy was found wearing clothes soiled with dry urine.

Police recognized the boy as a child who had been involved in two similar incidents — he was found around noon Jan. 31 in the 200 block of 6th Street after he let himself out of the house after his mother had fallen asleep. Andrewski was not charged in that incident.

Police also found the three-year-old in October at Park Avenue and E. Broad Street. Police said the boy was riding a three-wheeler in the middle of the street. Officers could not find the boy’s parents, so he was taken back to the police station.

The boy’s father, Alan Andrewski, called the police station 47 minutes later, looking for the child.

Lorain County Children Services and the Youth Bureau were notified of the incident.

When contacting Latasha Andrewski around noon Wednesday, officers noted that Andrewski opened the door, rubbing her eyes as if she had been sleeping. She was surprised that her son had gotten out of the house.

According to a police report, Andrewski said she meant to put alarms on the doors, but she hadn’t done it yet.

Police told Andrewski Children Services would be notified, and a future endangering children charge could be a felony.

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