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Reynoldsburg: Father charged after 6-year-old left home alone

Reynoldsburg police arrested a man for child endangerment after he allegedly left his 6-year-old daughter home alone.

The reporting officer said Columbus police officers who arrived at an apartment in the 2000 block of Eltham Road to interview the father at 9:44 a.m. April 25 found the child was home alone and notified Reynoldsburg police.

"I asked her if she was hungry and she said, 'I want pancakes,' " the Reynoldsburg officer wrote in the report. "Not able to provide pancakes at that time, I later stopped at McDonald's and got a Happy Meal for her to eat."

The officer attempted to contact the girl's mother and father, but numbers obtained from her school had been disconnected. He left a card at the residence, then transported the girl to Franklin County Children Services.thefts,

The officer returned to the home at 1:50 p.m. that day and talked to the girl's father, who said he left the house at 8 a.m. for a job interview. He left his daughter with his girlfriend, who possibly left for work at 9:30 a.m. He said his daughter was staying with him over her spring break.

Because the man did not have custody of his daughter and police were unable to find her mother, a representative from Franklin County Children Services said she would place the child in a foster home for the weekend.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• An officer responded to a complaint that someone was harboring a pit bull at 2 p.m. April 22 in the first block of Briarcliff Road. He said the woman who answered the door said her dog was a Cane Corso mastiff. According to the police report, the woman said she was cited last year for harboring a pit bull but her case had been dismissed in court after she presented paperwork from a veterinarian about its breed.

The officer told her since the dog was not registered with Franklin County "it could be seized," according to the report, although he did not do so. He said while viewing the dog, he decided it could be classified as a pit bull based on its physical characteristics, so he charged the woman with harboring a pit bull. When she insisted that "the prosecutor advised her to present paperwork to officers if they question her about the breed of her dog in the future," the officer said, "I advised (the woman) that I believed she had vet-shopped as it took her nearly four months to get a vet to classify her dog after being cited," according to the report.

The officer also charged another woman residing at the home for having no current registration for her dog, an 8-year-old beagle.

• A woman was charged with child endangerment after she left her 3-month-old daughter in a vehicle with the engine running to go into a business April 28 in the 1400 block of Brice Road.

The reporting officer said a security guard at the business found the child and called police. When the baby's mother returned to the car, she told police she "just ran inside and kept an eye on the car by looking out the window."

The report was forwarded to Franklin County Children Services.

• A house in the 1300 block of Briarcliff Road was broken into between 7:50 a.m. April 25 and 8 a.m. April 26. Stolen items included a PlayStation 3, a 55-inch smart LCD television, 31 pairs of Jordan shoes, miscellaneous jewelry and perfume. The reporting officer said there were no signs of forced entry.

• Traffic stopped in both directions at 8:57 p.m. April 28 when a man collapsed and lay down in the middle of the intersection of Brice Road and Livingston Avenue. The reporting officer said the man appeared to be intoxicated and had injuries to his head and leg. The Truro Township Fire Department transported him to Mount Carmel East Hospital.

• A resident in the 2000 block of Opal Street was charged with improper use of 911 April 29 after calling police because his girlfriend would not give him back his cellphone.

The reporting officer said he arrived at the home at 10:15 p.m. and asked the man if his girlfriend had threatened or assaulted him. The man said she had not and after talking to the girlfriend, police charged the man with improper use of 911.

• A man told police he was robbed between 11 p.m. April 30 and 4 a.m. May 1 at his room at the Days Inn, 2100 Brice Road. He said when he awoke in the room at 4 a.m., he noticed his $500 cellphone and a laptop computer worth $2,000 were missing.

Police viewed video footage of the outside of the room, which showed a black woman wearing pink clothes and a pink headband, pick up a key off the ground and walk into the man's room. The incident is still under investigation.

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