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.
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