December 19, 2014

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Mother charged with leaving son

ELYRIA — A local mother who recently organized a “Stop the Hate and Violence” rally for Trayvon Martin was arrested Thursday after she told police she blacked out from drugs and alcohol and lost her child.

Zimmer

Zimmer

Heather Zimmer, 26, called police at 5:25 a.m. Thursday to report that her 1-year-old child was missing, and said she didn’t have any idea of where he would be. Zimmer told police that she woke up at a Quincy Avenue home and realized that her child was gone after “blacking out” from drinking, according to a police report.

Police spoke with a witness, Heather Trembly, who told police Zimmer was drinking during the evening, and she had her child, who was in the stroller. Trembly told police that she believed Zimmer was under the influence of heroin, too.

According to the police report, Trembly discovered Zimmer sleeping outside of her grandmother’s house later that night, and she noticed that Zimmer did not have her child with her.

Police said officers tried contacting Zimmer’s friends, who she said may have had the child, before finding the child at an apartment on Washington Avenue.

A resident, Tracy Guest, told police Zimmer came to the apartment and asked her if she would watch the child, telling her that she would be right back. She said Zimmer never returned for the child, and she fell asleep waiting for her.

Guest told police that she knew Zimmer from high school, but she hadn’t seen her in 10 years. The child was taken to his grandmother, according to the report, and Zimmer was charged with child endangering and taken to Lorain County Jail.

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