December 23, 2014

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Police believe family living in woods near junior high school

LORAIN – Police were searching for a family on Friday that officers believed were living in the woods.

At 8:58 a.m. Friday, officers were sent to Longfellow Junior High School for a report that several students heard a baby crying in the woods nearby and found baby clothes. Police checked the area where the items were found – at the dead end of G Street near Filmore Circle – and found a tent hidden behind a bush.

The tent was filled with a baby stroller, blankets and toys, and a line was strung out to hang clothes. Two landscaping lights were placed in the front of the entrance to the tent and a garbage bag was laid down as a welcome mat, according to a police report.

Police said a woman’s purse was also found at the scene, and the purse was filled with paperwork from Lorain County Children Services and Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. A cell phone was found on a trail nearby, and police concluded that the woman who lived in the tent ran away with her baby when she saw the police cruiser, dropping the phone.

A police spokesman could not be reached for comment, and the website for Lorain County Municipal Court was not working Wednesday, so it was unknown if the woman was charged.

The woman had been involved in an investigation of possible child abuse in May after police found the woman and several children in a hotel room filled with beer cans and empty beer bottles. She was charged with child endangering and obstructing official business after the police visit.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.