September 15, 2014

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Grandmother charged with neglect after police are called to home for 33rd time this year

LORAIN — A woman was arrested after officers were called to the woman’s house for the 33rd time this year, finding several neglected children, police said.

Price

Price

Police were sent to 1002 W. 21st St. at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that an infant was crawling toward the street unsupervised.

Police said the child was filthy, and the child’s diaper was filled with waste that could be seen from outside the diaper. The child also had a lump on his stomach that a nurse said appeared to be an umbilical hernia, and the nurse said it appeared as if the child had been eating dirt.

Police attempted to contact a resident at the home and noted that the address was notorious for having and allowing children, from infants to 15-year-olds, run in the streets without clothing and hang out of the windows and on the roof of the home. Witnesses frequently find the children and call police, according to a police report.

Police discovered the back door of the home was open, but no one came to the door until the ambulance came to the house approximately 10 minutes later, police said.

The woman who answered the door, Marsheen Price, 35, told police she was the grandmother of the infant found outside, and she told police she had been in the bathroom. Price told police she had custody of the infant, and there were seven children living in the home, some of whom are her children and grandchildren.

Officers, who believed Price had been sleeping, were informed that Price had been involved with Lorain County Children Services, and one of Price’s daughters has a case through the agency as well, according to the report.

A caseworker at Lorain County Children Services told police that the agency had been working with the family, and he said some of the children were going to a paternal grandmother and others were going to be taken somewhere else.

Jane Robertson, interim director of the agency, said the agency has been working with the family since April 30 and became involved after a reported domestic situation at the home.

“We are, of course, very concerned that children are witnessing a domestic violence situation,” she said.

Robertson said the agency is working with the family and law enforcement, to arrange a “safe situation” for all of the children. She could not confirm whether the children would be placed with a paternal grandmother or taken somewhere else, but she said Price recently had taken custody of the children.

Agency spokeswoman Patti-Jo Burtnett said she believed the agency acted appropriately.

“When this crisis occurred, we responded quickly,” she said.

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


  • Spec440

    I don’t even know where to start……………..

  • Jim

    35-yo grandmother says it all…..

  • Heather Ann Turk Yates

    Seriously it took 33 times before they took they children,smh!!!

  • Sherri Mills

    my question…why did it take 33 times to do something about it…to me that’s a problem. Child services have their priorities confused. I tend to believe they pick and choose whom they want to take, they get to emotionally involved with some kids and don’t care enough about others. What’s wrong with this picture not to mention this country.

  • mj

    hahaha. those kids are totaled, done before some can even walk. a grandmother of the ripe ole age of 35, with children and grandchildren living in filth and eating dirt. It is only a matter of time before the little girls become prostitutes and the boys little trayvon monsters and breed a 3 generation on welfare. Lets support them all and let the poor, undereducated sponges mooch forever. You stay classy Lorain.

  • Judy Offutt

    I am sure their are foster homes out there what happen to 1-2-3 strikes your out not 33 unbelievable!!!!!.

  • carol musser

    this is one of the saddest stories I have ever read. what a terrible thing to pass down in a “family”.

  • Citizen

    She has no clothes for the kids. That is very strange, since she goes to Walmart 1-2 times a month, with 2 or more Children Services vouchers for clothes, food, cleaning supplies. Also seems to have her caseworker on speed dial and a direct number, who seems to print them out at her whim.

  • mark krick

    The agency acted appropriately. Really! You can not tell me they interviewed this grandmother and everything looked ok. Grandmother at 35 and 9 grand children. How many kids by how many children was she watching? And if so is there not a pattern here? Up bringing means they must have learned from their mother, ie grandmother.

  • oldruss

    So where is the NAACP, the Urban League, the ICUPJE of Lorain County (the group that held a rally for Trayvon Martin in Lorain’s Veterans Park last weekend)? Why don’t these types of organizations actually do something worthwhile in the local community instead of posturing for the news media and TV cameras?

  • Bob Sweatt

    33rd time the charm??? Wow Social Services at it again.

  • John Amador

    It’s very disturbing that Children Services are always making excuses for their inadequacies, insulting the intelligence of the community. They need to be held accountable for their actions! How many children have to endure the pain and suffering at the hands of people who are supposed to be caring for them before something is done!!

  • Zen Grouch

    “…allowing children, from infants to 15-year-olds, run in the streets
    without clothing and hang out of the windows and on the roof of the
    home.”

    The ironic thing is that she and her daughter were probably around 15 when they started squeezin’ off future wards of the state. And the same aged child/children she’s responsible for have to be supervised so that they’ll wear clothing in public…

    That’s so f’in cool!

  • tomfeher

    Trap, neuter and release program fundraising drive should get under way -

  • KZ14

    Typical of Children Services I’ve been there, they try but their hands are tied. It’s the people having children on our tax payer dollars and we continue to let them do so and no one is accountable. Where are the Fathers?

    • trucker1_68

      Thing is, how many “fathers” are there?

  • mdr12372

    and this is why abortion needs to remain ACCESSIBLE, safe and legal.

    • Den724

      and mandatory for people like this after the first child is born.

    • Joe Smith

      Its why self control and birth control should be practised instead of killing a child because mom and dad are dirt

  • trucker1_68

    Children’s Services is a corrupt organization that needs a total house cleaning, with all new people who CARE about the citizens of Lorain County that walk through their doors needing assistance!