‘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

JMOP

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

Disgusted_Mom0326

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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

Disgusted_Mom0326

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Dwight K.

I'm talking about the others

Disgusted_Mom0326

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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.

Disgusted_Mom0326

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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

Disgusted_Mom0326

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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!!

Disgusted_Mom0326

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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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