September 2, 2014

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Child found wandering outside a fourth time, police say

ELYRIA — The mother of a 3-year-old who was found alone outside — on both Feb. 13 and 14 — is facing two child endangering charges.

According to a newly obtained police report, the boy was found in the area of East Avenue and West Sixth Street at 9:10 a.m. Feb. 14. The boy’s mother, Latasha Andrewski, 33, was arrested and charged with child endangering and later released.

Police said it was 35 degrees outside and the boy was dressed in shorts, a T-shirt and rubber boots.

Police cited Andrewski Feb. 13 after her son was found in the road and bystanders called police. Police said Andrewski answered the door of her West Sixth Street home rubbing her eyes as if she had been sleeping.

Andrewski was surprised her son had gotten outside and said she had been meaning to put alarms on the doors, but she hadn’t gotten around to it.

Andrewski’s son had been found outside twice before — around noon on Jan. 31 and in October.

In October, the boy’s father, Alan Andrewski, called the police station looking for his son 47 minutes after police found the boy riding his three-wheeler in the middle of the street.

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

Police reports indicate that LCCS have been involved with the family, and a caseworker was called to the scene on Feb. 13 and 14.

Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said the family have not been involved with police otherwise.

According to a police report, Latasha Andrewski was told a future child endangering charge could be a felony.

Andrewski’s initial court date for both charges is schedule at 10:01 a.m. Wednesday at Elyria Municipal Court.

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