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Reynoldsburg: Charges filed after man leaves babies in locked car

Reynoldsburg police charged a man with child endangerment and obstruction of official business after he left a 10-month-old boy and a 13-month-old girl strapped in car seats and alone in a car with the keys left in the ignition.

Officers responded at 10:10 a.m. Jan. 17 to a report that the man had left the children in the car while he entered a business in the 1700 block of Brice Road. He was suspected of possible theft and fraud at the business, according to the police report.

The man fled from officers when they confronted him, but they caught up with him in the backyard of a house on Astor Drive. The man said he drove his girlfriend's car to the business to pick up his paycheck. According to the report, the car was "locked and running with the heat on and the car was very warm inside."

The man was transported to Franklin County jail and officers took the children to Franklin County Children Services.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• A juvenile boy was arrested for drug possession and obstruction of official business and a juvenile girl was arrested for drug possession Jan. 17 at Reynoldsburg High School Summit Campus, 8579 Summit Road. The school resource officer said another student reported seeing girls "popping pills" and that "now they are acting weird," according to the report. The officer confronted the girls and found that one had two pills in a bag. The pills were identified as Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Alprazolam, both prescription drugs. The girl identified the boy who gave them the pills and he admitted he took them from his mother's prescription bottles, police said.

• A woman reported a large sheepdog bit off part of her dog's tail at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 7600 block of Burkey Drive. The woman said she was walking her beagles when a large dog ran up and engaged one of them in a fight. She said when she arrived home, she saw that her dog was bleeding heavily and was missing about three inches of his tail.

She said the dog required surgery at an animal hospital to stop the bleeding, at a cost of $925. The reporting officer said the owner of the large dog said it was not outside at that time and refused to let the officer inside to look at the animal.

The officer said he found the tip of the beagle's tail in the yard and showed it to the owner of the large dog, who said the electric fence would have kept his dog in his yard. The officer determined the fight happened within the electric fence area.

The man finally let the officer inside and the officer said "the dog was very timid and scared as he growled," according to the report.

The owner said the dog is a Goldendoodle and was unlicensed. No one was charged in the incident after the owner of the Goldendoodle agreed to talk with the owner of the beagle, who was instructed to send photographs of her dog's injuries to the police department.

• Officers arrested a man for aggravated burglary, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated menacing and domestic violence at 11:37 a.m. Jan. 18 at a residence in the 7000 block of Trillium Lane.

A woman reported the man knocked on the front door and demanded to see his daughter. When she refused his request, he banged on the door, threatened her and shattered a front window. She reported the man said he "would shoot the police" if they were called. Officers located a handgun in the woods near the house and found and arrested the man in the 300 block of Pathfinder Drive.