Parma Heights Mother Arrested After Child Found Wandering Around Apartment Building

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Taylar Richardson

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — A mother was arrested after a man found a 2-year-old child wandering around an apartment building in only a shirt and diaper.

Taylar Richardson faces a charge of endangering children, according to a police report. Parma Heights police Det. Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt believes Richardson took responsibility for the incident which is why the child’s father was not charged.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. April 4 at North Church Towers and Gardens on North Church Street west of Ridge Road, police say.

A man who lives in the apartment building found the child wandering around, crying and trying to find his parents, a police report says.

He couldn’t understand the child because he was crying so hard. The man calmed the boy who led him to where he thought he lives, according to the report.

The boy could not remember which apartment he lived in so the man had to call police, police say.

The child eventually led police to the correct apartment where they found the door unlocked, the apartment dark and a picture of the boy inside, the report says.

Officers woke up the boy’s father and mother, Richardson, and both admitted their son knows how to unlock the apartment door.

Richardson put her son on the couch in the living room to sleep.

“With the required duty of care, or protection of a two year old child, a substantial risk was created to the safety of the boy letting him sleep in the living room when it was known that he could unlock the apartment door,” the report says. “The risk of physical harm, serious physical harm, or other possibility were endless.”

Richardson was taken to North Royalton Jail where she was fingerprinted. She is scheduled for an arraignment at 1:30 p.m. April 19, court records show.

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