December 22, 2014

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Police called to home for 34th time

LORAIN — The grandmother arrested for allegedly neglecting several children at her home was involved in a domestic dispute Sunday, police said. 

Marsheen Price, 35, was arrested and charged with child endangering Wednesday after police were called to her home at 1002 W. 21st St. for the 33rd time this year. Police said a dirty infant was crawling toward the road, and Price, who police believed was sleeping at the time, was inside the home with seven other children who are her children and grandchildren.

On Sunday, officers again were called to Price’s home after she reported that Elliot Kirkland, 23, had moved back into her home, despite a protection order she had against him.
Price told police that Kirkland had been physically and mentally abusive after he moved in, and she was afraid to call police because she believed he would hurt or kill her.
Officers found Kirkland in the backyard of Price’s house, and he told police he was just at the house to get clothes. Kirkland was arrested and charged with violating a temporary protection order, and he was taken to Lorain City Jail.

According to Jane Robertson, the interim director of Lorain County Children Services, the agency became involved with Price’s family after a domestic violence situation at the home. The agency has been working with the family since April 30, she said in an earlier interview.
A police report listed that the agency was working to place the children in other homes, but Robertson couldn’t confirm the information last week.

Since January, officers have been called to Price’s home 33 times, for unruly juvenile complaints, child welfare checks and several neighbor disputes involving Price.

Police were called to Price’s home on July 22 — two days prior to her arrest — for a report of four small children running naked in the neighborhood. On July 18, a caller reported that a naked 3-year-old boy was hanging out of a second floor window. On March 21, officers received a complaint that children were on the roof of the home, and on May 23, police were called to check on a malnourished dog chained to the porch.

Price called police numerous times during the year to report an unruly juvenile and that a 17-year-old girl had run away from the home.
She was also involved in a dispute with her neighbors, allegedly punching and biting one during a scuffle July 9.

The 18-year-old woman who told police Price attacked her said the fight began after Price confronted her about social media postings. Police met the three alleged victims at the emergency room of Mercy Regional Medical Center, where they sought treatment for their injuries.

The reports did not list if charges were filed against Price in those incidents, but she was arrested and charged with menacing and criminal trespassing on July 12, according to court records.
A reporter contacted Price on Monday, but she hung up without commenting regarding her recent child endangering arrest.

Price, who pleaded not guilty Thursday to the charge at Lorain Municipal Court, was ordered to appear in court for a pretrial at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

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