GIRARD Police check on kids, sparking 2 arrests
Officers said no one was home and they found drug paraphernalia in reach of the toddlers.
GIRARD -- Police arrested two people while investigating a report that small children were left alone.
According to reports, a woman called at 8 p.m. Friday saying she had taken her neighbor's children to her home after noticing a 1-year-old boy out near the road playing in garbage cans.
She told police that when she knocked on the neighbor's door, she noticed a 3-year-old boy alone inside. When no one came back to the house after an hour, she called police.
When officers arrived, they entered the home and found dishes, food and clothes strewn about, as well as beer cans, burnt spoons and makeshift pipes, all within reach of the children, reports said.
When the mother, Hope Hall of 413 Dearborn Ave., arrived home, she was arrested on charges of possession of drug instruments and two counts of child endangerment.
The children were taken into protective custody by Trumbull County Children Services.
While officers were still there, Rodney Aey of 20 E. Dennick Ave., Youngstown, arrived and said he was "there like everybody else," but was not in charge of watching the children.
Aey started to walk away from police and when ordered to stop, he threw something from his pants pocket into nearby woods, police said.
As police tried to take him into custody, he kicked one officer in the leg and chest and struck another officer in the face with his hand, according to reports.
Aey also went for the second officer's gun, and during the struggle the officer hurt his knee and his back, police said.
Aey was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and two counts of assault.
Both Aey and Hall were to appear today in Girard Municipal Court.