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Officers deliver toys, clothes to toddlers rescued from deplorable home

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When Carolyn Moore thinks about police she says the words gratitude and love come to mind.

Moore, who now has three young grandsons running around her east side Cleveland home, says she never expected the outpouring of support she received from Cleveland police, especially Officers Salvatore Santillo and Shawn Wohl.

"They brought clothes, toys, so many gifts for them," Moore said. "More than that they have given them their time."

Earlier this month , the officers rescued two of the boys, ages 2 and 3, from their mother's house on East 108th.

"We got called there for a call about possible child neglect," Wohl said.

When they went to the home, they discovered the two toddlers locked in a room. They said there was no furniture, and the home was in deplorable condition.

"They were so brave, they had their tiny arms outstretched, they just wanted held," said Santillo. "I will never forget that."

The boy's mother, Danielle Moore, was arrested and indicted on two felony child endangering charges.

Santillo said the toddlers were starving, and Officer Karl Lloyd bought them food.

"We then just felt we had to do more, so I put out a request on Facebook and the donations came rolling in," Wohl said.

On Monday, the officers along with Cleveland Police Sgt. Jen Ciaccia delivered the items, including gifts for the boy's older brother, who already lived with his grandmother.

They were once again greeted with those outstretched arms, but this time there were big smiles.

"Hello officer," said 3-year-old Tymonte, who hugged Santillo and Wohl.

"It's great to see the smiles," Santillo said. "Today's a good day."