‘Blue’ baby taken from home

Couple may face charges
Courtney Astolfi
Apr 18, 2014

 

Charges may soon be forthcoming for a couple who allegedly allowed a 9-month-old baby to remain unconscious and not breathing for almost half an hour in a Rye Beach Road home.

A 22-year-old Sandusky woman called a Bellevue-area doctor’s office at 1:23 p.m. on April 11 after her 26-year-old boyfriend discovered her baby girl unresponsive in her crib, Erie County detective Bob Rieger said.

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The child was not breathing, Rieger said, and her lips had turned blue.    The couple allegedly left the child like that until the office called her back 22 minutes later. Office staff told the woman to call 911 immediately, as she said the child’s coloring was not back to normal and she wasn’t acting herself, Rieger’s report stated.

The woman agreed to take her baby to the nearest emergency room, but two hours later, she still hadn’t checked in at Firelands Regional Medical Center, the report said.

The doctor’s office was unable to reach the mother by phone, so they called her emergency contact instead.

At that point, the contact stopped by the Rye Beach Road home, picked up the child and drove her to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.

Staff later transported the baby to a Toledo hospital for further treatment.

The mother told deputies she refused to take her children to Firelands because they twice “tried to kill her son” the report said.

At Fisher Titus, a social worker checked on the child. The baby had a black eye and a 2-inch pinch mark on her arm, Rieger said.

The emergency contact — who is a family-friend — told investigators this was not the first time she noticed bruises on the baby and her 1-year-old brother, but the mother and boyfriend always offered reasonable explanations.

The mother told her friend the child’s black eye appeared after she cried non-stop, and she believed it was the result of a popped blood vessel.

But when investigators told the mother the bruises were inconsistent with a popped vessel, she began to yell and asked if she was being accused of child abuse, the report said.

The woman then changed her story, saying her son may have thrown a toy at the baby, causing the bruises.

Social workers granted emergency custody of the child to her emergency contact and gave the woman’s other children to a relative, Rieger said.

The case was forwarded to the Huron municipal prosecutor for review. Charges could be forthcoming for both the mother and her boyfriend, deputies said.

Comments

ladydye_5

WOW. Just. ....WOW

deertracker

WOW is right!!!!!! SMDH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Hero Zone

Agreed with both above.

worddrow811

The child will surely be brain-damaged from lack of oxygen if it survives. Pay attention people, when a child has bruises, they came from something. Alert the proper authorities before it's too late.

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I feel for this baby, and I hope she makes a full recovery.

I'm not making any type of excuse for these parents, but a baby gets bruises around this age from starting to walk till they learn their footing. You're right though, people pay attention to the bruises.

DickTracey

I will personally volunteer to pay for this "baby momma's" Depo Provera for the next thirty years.

I also think we should bring back the Scarlet Letter S tattoo idea. Let's start giving these abusive punks neck tats that say they beat on babies.

candleburner

Will the "S" stand for "STUPID"?

Cowboy

All that baby wants is to be loved and taken care of! How unfair and sad!

Dwight K.

Hmm they must live in the Erie Village apartments

mimi's word

NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF ERIE VILLAGE APARTMENTS!!

topcop1991

Just because people can breed does not make them fit for parenthood.

tzu4u

I truly hope that these children are carefully watched after they are given back to their parents. This stuff does not get better, and the laws give parents custody in almost all situations.

ladydye_5

They should NEVER be given back

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SanduskyGuardian

By definition any person who resorts to living in subsy housing is an irresponsible derelict loser, kind words can not redeem a lifetime of bad choices they made to get there.

pptrsha

in 1984 I applied and received subsidized housing. I was 25, divorced, and had three kids. I received foodstamps and a medical card. fast track to 2014, my children are grown. they are college educated, own their own homes, and drive new cars. they have wonderful families too. I own 9 rental homes and my tax bracket is a tad bit higher than 1984, hmmm. not every person that finds themselves at the bottom chooses to be there or stays there.

Dwight K.

Alot of people that live over there are not saying all...I live extremely close by so I hear what goes on over there.

Disgusted_Mom0326

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Good for you! Everyone has a will, and a way, it just needs to be set in motion. Glad you're becoming a success story. Keep doing what you're doing lady!

JFS11

Success story?? You are probably another one living off my money!!

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Yes, she is becoming a success story.

The way she described her upbringing reminds me of mine. Yes, I grew up poor, my dad always had a job, but he kept quitting them to find better ones. My parents weren't ones to turn away handouts.

Me? I hated being poor. I was embarrassed when my mom would use food stamps, the few times we were eligible for them. I never wanted to be like that. I VOWED never to be like that. I NEVER was on government assistance nor had family to help me out. I worked over 72 hours a week for many years after high school, and the hubby working over 50 hours to get ahead.

Me and the hubby saved money for a down payment for a house. Neither of us got help from our parents. Got it when we were 25 years old, and still living here in the country with plenty of land for the kids to grow up in over a decade later.

I'm rooting for her! She's working and paying in taxes too. This person is what we conservatives call a "hand up" and not a "hand out".

I would rather see my tax dollars going to her, than to the men who ordered snipers on the Bundy Ranch!

FYI...the government robbed me of over $13,000 in federal alone. I wish I could dictate where my money goes!

JFS11

Just stop! This is a pathetic story of a mother who doesn't get off her butt and show her kids what a hard working single parent is capable of! I'm pretty sure the kids in her case are teens, how much time do you need to do something with your life?? The getting an education excuse gets old for me.

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JFS11

Awesome job! Keep smiling! Too bad children raised in higher crime areas and areas with high drug abuse usually get involved with either of the 2. Good luck with that, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Have you ever taken a statistic class for any of your extravagant online certificates you "worked" so hard for?

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Thank you and JMOP for sharing your stories and continuing to strive to be better for yourself and your children.

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JMOP

I apologize. I don't like talking about myself, and I don't like getting off topic, especially in an article as sad as this is.

I can't sit back and read someone getting bashed for where they live, when they're trying to better themselves. All some people can do is to keep looking ahead, and making the right choices to get there.

Thank you Hero. I do enjoy and learn from your insight.

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The Hero Zone

I share your sentiment. Many good people come out of bad circumstances. In fact it is often those challenges that help them BE better people and respect what they have and where they're taking their lives. I myself grew up in a divorced household with an alcoholic mother. I don't bring it up often but it shows that even when things aren't even what we want to believe are "normal" that we can still find success and happiness.

Many of my community members have similar, imperfect lives. They just want to try and better themselves and enjoy life which is why I get just as defensive as you did with your comments. I completely understand.

Remember this, JMOP, "Goonies never say die!"

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Keep it up and prove them wrong! :)

pptrsha

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Dwight K.

I just find it a shame that what those people think and do is fine. I just don't get how those people can still live there if they've gotten arrested or do bad things

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SanduskyGuardian

Of course you are not a "Looser", because you have a Master's Degree and almost know how to use a comma. I realize it is futile to argue with a person who feels the correct order of doing things in life involves having kids to raise by yourself and then pursue an education while a parasite on our system. You can not possibly understand as you are too far gone.

JFS11

^^^ well said Sandusky

JFS11

Low income housing to get yourself better??? What about the kids!?! I would not move my children to a ace where crime is higher and drug use is higher to better myself. If you can't afford housing and that is the only way to put a roof over your child's head then fine!! Stop with the excuses. To the one who I obviously helped get a master degree with my hard warned tax dollars, your welcome!! I feel like if taxpayers paid for you schooling all the way to get a master, it's time to get a job honey and get your kids out of low income housing.

Krissy3

Why is this all about her? What about the child's father, who is obviously not helping out? At least she is taking care of her children (hopefully).
I had a husband who I had children with. I eventually found out he was cheating and left. I had two young kids and a minimum wage retail job at the time. He only had to pay $50.00 a week in child support, which he rarely paid anyway. I decided to go back to school, eventually got a masters degree, and now have a great job; but sometimes situations beyond our control happen. I didn't live in subsidized housing, but I definitely struggled for a while, so maybe I am not as quick to judge as others.

123abc456

I also don't understand why it is when there is a single mother, people judge her in a negative way, almost every time. What about the father, it takes two to make a baby. But for some reason the father always gets let off the hook. Just goes to show how most peoples mind work.

JFS11

*place *earned

Dwight K.

I get that people are dealing with hard times...I personally know.. Its pathetic that people find someway to cheat the government. Paying little to no rent and all that other crap

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Dwight K.

I'm talking about the others

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JFS11

You are right, I don't have all the online certificates you have. What I do have is a good job, a nice stable home in a good neighborhood for my kids, a new car, private insurance, and most of all common sense. You sound like you are trying to convince yourself because you are not close to convincing me.

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123abc456

Don't let sandusky's comments get to you, as I'm sure your not. No matter how much money we make, no matter where we live, no matter what job we have, no matter how educated we are, no matter how we raise our children, no matter how we were raised, no matter what, we are all the same in Gods eyes, and that's all that matters.

Disgusted_Mom0326

Thank you! Like I said, I sleep just fine with myself at night.

SanduskyGuardian

I actually have an important role in hiring at a local firm. I would never hire some deadbeat welfare trash. If a person walks in who is 40 years old and just finished their education recently I am certain that they have made some poor decisions and irresponsible choices in their life. Why would someone hire a person who has spent 20 years in the entitlement mindset when so many young people are out there who have made good choices? The handful of "Ticket to Work" types I have dealt with have been completely debilitated by getting rewarded for being derelicts. They have spent 20 years thinking the world revolves around them and their problems, they are generally raising children on their own due to having the dignity and morality of alley cats, and they are always looking for free passes and a way to shirk their workload, and I know enough educators who confirm that the welfare students by far are most likely to seek special favors and understanding. Why would a company trust someone who has ruined their lives by poor decisions? Do you think corporate America needs their special skill sets, which involve sitting on the porch at Erie Village, smoking cigarettes and waiting for the next WIC voucher to come?

Rede2soar

SanduskyGuardian you are probably missing out on some great employees by not hiring 40 somethings that just finished their degree. I am one of those 40 somethings working on a degree. I spent the last 24 years along with my husband raising 3 amazing sons. My husband retired from the Army a year ago after 23+ years. We chose for me to stay home with the kids most of the time. The last 6 years I worked helping Soldiers and Familes prepare for deployments. We didn't make "poor decisions." We did what was best for our Family. My husband has a great job here and I now have the time to work on my degree. Absolutely nothing wrong with getting a degree when you are 40 something.

SanduskyGuardian

I would have spotted the difference and taken it into consideration. None of my prior comments apply to you if you have spent 24 years with the same man who had the same employer during that time frame. You should realize that the discussion was not about your rare circumstances.

ColdAsIce

You are a piece of garbage I hope you f^&*king ROT!

Disgusted_Mom0326

Oh my..Don't allow someones words get to you they are just that words!But I thank everyone of you who had something positive to say. God bless you.

Buckey_Fan

Not sure how a story of an Abused Child turned to basing someone who's clearly trying to better their life for the better of their children? Disgusted pay no mind to SanduskyGuardian's comments as it's clear he/she is angry about something! (Glad I don't have to work with such a negative person) Keep your chin up sounds as if your clearly on the right path!

Dwight K.

Yeah they sound like a snob

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LadyC

I am annoyed on so many levels after reading the article and the comments. I am annoyed because people abuse, neglect, and let the government totally support their children and themselves, and still manage to play the victim. I am annoyed by the attitude of the person (Sandusky Guardian) who seems to feel that older students are somehow inferior and not worth hiring because they have made "poor decisions" or feel entitled. Many of us older students (I got my degree at age 50) have done so while working and taking care of a family and a house, without a Pell grant. Many of us were displaced by the waves of downsizing and outsourcing, and are still seeking to better ourselves and find something to carry us into old age. Many of us will most likely never retire. And last but not least, I am annoyed by the perpetual student(s) who DO seem to feel entitled to have free housing, food, medical insurance, and grant money so they can waltz into a high paying job after never having WORKED in the REAL WORLD or shown their kids that busting your butt means more than sitting on your laptop. Rant over, have a nice day. And I hope that poor baby has a chance.

JFS11

I am not sorry I don't support Lazy people. I said before is my above statements, if you are in a situation and don't have a home for your children, that's what subsy housing is for. I don't feel bad that you chose to have kids with someone that doesn't support them. I guess after they didn't take car of the first one and you are lazy, it was a good idea to have another child by him?!? Not the mans fault 100%. You disgusted Mom are LAZY, living off my dime!! You have had enough time to get off you butt, DO IT!! Stop with the excuses, I'm tired of my hard EARNED dollars going to people like you!!

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JFS11

Lies lies lies! You don't work 17 hours a day. You sit on you lazy butt and take classes online. If you do all these wonderful things, why the heck do you still have your kids in that garbage of a place. I know for a FACT you don't teach my kids, if you ever subbed at my kids school I would have a talk with the board if education. I think we already discussed, I am well established. I took a couple years and went to college, got a good job, and made something of myself. I never ever sacrificed my children and put them in a poverty infested environment. Trust me I know struggle, I got out of that real quick for my kids!! They never knew or felt the struggle, they appreciate the hard worker I have become.

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JFS11

You changed the subject of this feed when you started defending your slum. A FACT was stated about your housing and you became righteous!

Disgusted_Mom0326

The better person walks away, that is all.

amy0326

The better person, would know his/her own self-worth and not stoop to other people's levels. I also know who you are and who the mother of this child is. Please stop! It is disputes and things such as this that give that community a bad name and reputation. Read some of your own words, and let's reflect on the past month shall we? In the last month look at all the people caught with drugs in their homes. Even on villa, a woman watching her granddaughter was caught! The couple who left the baby home alone in an apartment for well over 30 min! These among other things are why people are so outraged! If you are better than what is being accused you would not feel the need to argue, and defend yourself.

LadyC

JFS11 you must lead a very sheltered life if you think Erie Village is a slum. Compared to many housing complexes, especially ones in Sandusky, Erie Village for the most part seems to be pretty well taken care of and has a decent appearance. While I am no fan of someone completely depending on the government to support themselves and their kids, many people still have financial struggles and setbacks, and need affordable places to stay. Too bad some people take advantage of places like these and ruin it with drug use and bad attitudes.

JFS11

No LadyC, my life was never sheltered. My family was wealthy but was never handed anything undeserving. I live in a big city with many friends and a great family. I guess what my anger should be geared towards in lazy undeserving people like disgusted mom. I know who she is and she isn't fooling anyone.

LadyC

Any word on the baby?

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