Man faces child endangering charges

Suspect allegedly went out to find heroin while leaving four young children alone
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 17, 2014
A 24-year-old Norwalk man who left his 6-year-old nephew in charge of three toddlers faces child endangering and drug charges.

The Old State Road resident, not yet formally charged, told a Huron County deputy he left the children for about 40 minutes while he went to try to find cash to buy heroin, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

A deputy out serving paperwork just before noon Wednesday happened upon the child at a home in the 1100 block of Peru Olena Road after he answered the door when she knocked, Patrick said.

When she asked the boy where his parents were, he said they were gone and as the deputy peered inside the house, she saw the other children, ages 3, 1 and 1.

“The deputy called the station and notified children services and made attempts to get a hold of other family members” Patrick said.

After about half an hour, the children’s uncle returned home from work and admitted he left the children alone.

“He was out trying to borrow money and buy heroin,” Patrick said. “These people go to all lengths when they’re addicted like that”

Deputies searched his vehicle and found no drugs, but did find drug paraphernalia.

Deputies sent the case to the law director for consideration of criminal charges, including four counts child endangering and one count possession of drug paraphernalia.