September 30, 2014

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Possible confinement of children investigated in Lorain

LORAIN — Police are investigating a man and woman they say may have been locking their young children in a basement room, beating them and forcing them to sleep among trash and in their own urine.

Police were sent to a home in the 3200 block of Crehore Street about 7:30 p.m. Monday after Lorain County Children Services raised concerns about the condition of the children.

At the house, police found a 28-year-old man, his mother and his 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter in the living room. The man’s mother told police her son and her grandchildren had been staying at her house since the holidays, and that her grandchildren had been sleeping on the living room couch.

Police saw that both children had black eyes and scratches on their backs. The father told officers the children had been injured from falling on a table, getting scratched by a cat and bumping their heads together, according to the report.

Officers searched the house despite the resistance from the grandmother, who tried to keep them from looking through the basement, according to the report.

In the basement, which a police report noted was littered with animal feces, police found a door hidden behind a sheet, which led to a bedroom.

The room held a dresser and adult clothes, which led officers to believe the father was living there. Another door within the room led to a small children’s bedroom. Toys and garbage, including moldy food, covered the floor of the second room, according to the report. On the doorknob, police could see two shoelaces tied together and tied to the knob, giving support to the Lorain County Children Services’ contention that the man had been keeping the children in the room by tying the door shut.

When the children’s mother came home, she told police the toddlers had sustained black eyes from falling on a table. She started to explain the scratch marks when the children’s father intervened and said the scratches were from the cat and a table, according to the report.

The children were placed in the care of a family friend. Police told the man they will continue to investigate the possibility of child endangerment at the house.

When police conducted a background check on the man, they found he had a prior conviction for gross sexual imposition in 1999, according to the police report.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident. An investigation is ongoing.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Kim

    No arrests??!!! These poor children should never be given back to these evil POS scum! All are guilty! I hate stories like this, if you cant treat children right dont have them!!

  • Bob Sweatt

    Sound to me like everyone got their stories straight before the cops showed up.

    Also glad to that the money that is taken from my paycheck for Welfare goes to keep children living with crap and garbage.

    Oh and that last line is sarcasm. Before you all start hating me.

  • Brandy Lynn

    :( poor babies

  • Cathy Underwood-Clark Moore

    There are way too many stories about child abuse, those poor babies did not ask to be born….I wanted to say several things but…..the words just wont come. I just cant believe how people treat their own children. There is just no value placed on human life anymore……..what a sad, sad, world we live in!

    • starbright

      its whats wrong with the world,,, people value items more and they value each other now and days… smh I hope none of them every get those kids back…

  • Shelley Miller

    I am curious how a 28 year old man has past prior conviction in 1999

  • Lisa

    Children Services Suck they do nothing to help children.smh…..

    • Jim

      Way to overgeneralize there.

      Children’s Services do what they can, but they are often placed in a “damned if you, and damned if you don’t” situation. If they remove children from a home, they are seen as vindictive evil governmental henchmen who are breaking up a family. If they don’t remove children from an apparently dangerous situation, they are blamed for doing nothing.

    • jz

      You think you could do that job? I doubt it. If you think about all that job entails, the numerous idiots out there who should never have had kids but now they are here and deserve a good home, the high caseloads, and what do we do with the kids if they are taken away? Your knee jerk comment is what sucks.