November 22, 2014


Children Services, police investigate report of child neglect

LORAIN — Police and Lorain County Children Services are investigating a family after a neighbor reported that the mother often left the children alone at home while she stayed at her boyfriend’s house.

The neighbor called police at 7:55 p.m. Monday, telling police she was fed up with her neighbor’s neglect of her children. She told police that the woman would leave her 13-, 10- and 5-year-old child with her 15-year-old daughter for hours.

The neighbor said she had been taking care of the younger children and had confronted the mother after hearing of her plans to move the children out of the state, but she said the mother continued leaving the children alone, locking two of them out of the house while she was gone. She told authorities the children came to her house on East 30th Street to ask for food because their mother left them without it.

The neighbor said the children were filthy and smelled. During one occasion, she found the 5-year-old eating a can of chili out of the garbage, according to a police report.

She told police that she offered to take custody of the children from the mother, and she was afraid that if the family moved, the mother would continue to neglect the kids.

Police spoke with the 13- and 10-year-olds, who told an officer that their mother does leave them alone for several days and nights. They said their 15-year-old sister is supposed to watch them but she leaves, according to police.

The children told police that their mother comes home from her boyfriend’s house only to wake them up for school, and she occasionally drops off groceries.

Police attempted to contact the mother but she was not home, according to the report. An officer spoke with the 15-year-old daughter, who denied the allegations and said the neighbor only wants more “money and food stamps.”

Police said the 15-year-old did not seem concerned about her siblings’ whereabouts, and the home was in disarray. The refrigerator contained little food, and the children were sleeping on mattresses supported by plastic totes and milk crates, according to the report.

Police contacted Lorain County Children Services, who suggested the children stay with the neighbor while an investigation is initiated.

The mother came to get the children at 10:11 p.m., and she denied the allegations, stating that her children have discipline problems and that they leave the house without her permission. When asked why she doesn’t stay with the children, she told police that she is either at her father’s house or her boyfriend’s house in Elyria, but she denied leaving the children by themselves for “days on end.”

The mother was not charged at the time of the report.

  • hottamomma

    why is the neighbor just now saying something if its been going on for awhile? it must not be that bad if the neighbor didnt say anything before hand.

    • Phil Blank

      She didn’t get paid for watching the little ones.

    • Melissa Merrill Snyder

      People are afraid to get involved.

      • hottamomma

        if i she was afraid, i couldnt tell. if i was afraid to get involved, then i wouldnt.

        • Melissa Merrill Snyder

          Maybe she finally decided that the children’s welfare was greater than her fear. Maybe the children will have a chance to have a better life now.

          • Jennifer Williams

            hottamomma- Your always against the right. Just like the step-mother in Northridgeville you were for her even when she got served jail time. Hmmm makes me wonder if your just seriously confused or a NOTTAMOMMA? People need to start getting involved when it starts getting bad. She warned her and the lady kept doing it. What do you expect? Some people just do not deserve to have children……

          • hottamomma

            maybe she did or maybe she wanted more food stamps. the children shouldve came first in the first place if it was all that bad.

  • rlm_Lorain

    I want to know why the mother (and I use that term VERY loosely) was not charged. No food, the barest of sleeping conditions, hungry, dirty, and smelly children. What more do you need, a dead body???

  • luvmytoaster

    I understood that the neighbor came forward after hearing the mothers plans to move them out of state and she feared for their safety. Yes, she should and could have come forward a lot sooner.
    She may not have been getting paid but her daughter was the one babysitting, I can only assume that she wasn’t doing it for free.