Reynoldsburg News

Police beat

Grandma charged after leaving child in hot car

Reynoldsburg police charged a woman with child endangering after they said she left her 3-year-old grandchild alone in an overheated car.

The reporting officer said he was on a lunch break at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 26 when a woman told him a child was alone in a car parked in front of a business in the 2000 block of state Route 256. The officer said he found the child strapped in a child restraint chair in the back seat of a black Honda and "observed heat waves radiating from the surface of the vehicle."

The officer said the driver's window was down, but said he also saw "a cheeseburger on the front seat of the vehicle with cheese melting to the seat."

"I opened the doors to air out the vehicle -- the vinyl interior was hot to the touch," the officer wrote in the report.

He said employees of the business located the child's grandmother, who said she was only in the store five minutes. The officer said he told the woman he had been standing outside with her granddaughter at least that long. A witness said the woman was inside the business for about 15-20 minutes.

The officer said he sent the police report to Franklin County Children Services.

In other recent Reynoldsburg Police Department incident reports:

* Three men were charged with burglary and possessing criminal tools after a woman said she saw them break a neighbor's sliding glass door Sept. 23 at a residence in the 6400 block of Timbermill Way.

The woman said one of the men rang her doorbell, then went back to his car when she ignored the bell. She saw two other men get out of the car and go into the backyard of her neighbor's house, where they broke the door with a gun that turned out to be a BB gun.

* A man was charged with speeding and failing to inform an officer that he had a concealed weapon at about 12:10 p.m. Sept. 20 after a traffic stop in front of Slate Ridge Elementary School, 10466 Taylor Road Southwest. The officer said he saw the man drive into the school zone faster than the posted 20 mph speed limit and stopped the vehicle.

He said when asked for the driver's license, the man did not inform him that he had a handgun at his feet and had a concealed-carry permit.

The officer said he retrieved a Sig Sauer .380-caliber handgun that was cocked with a round in the chamber.

* A woman reported a window of her car was smashed between 7 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. Sept. 21 while the vehicle was parked in the 2100 block of Charney Court. She said her car stereo, valued at $300, was missing. She said someone also found an unopened can of coffee in the glove box, opened it and spread it all over the interior of the car.