Eastlake Woman Charged After Children Found Wandering The Street

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EASTLAKE, Ohio — An Eastlake woman was arrested and charged on two counts of child endangering after her son and niece were found walking the streets unattended on Thursday morning.

The woman, Danielle C. Phelts, was taken into custody after police received a call from a neighbor stating that two children, both two-years-old, were walking down E. 349th Street.

The neighbor called the children to her front door and tried to find out where the kids live, but she was unsuccessful. She then contacted police, according to the report. 

Once police arrived at the scene a second neighbor alerted police of the children’s residence.

When police went to the home they found the front door opened slightly and unlocked. Police knocked and yelled inside but no one answered.

According to the report, officers then entered the home to find Phelts sleeping in a back bedroom.

Phelts told the officers that she thought the children were playing the house and that the front door was locked.

She was arrested after being informed that the kids had exited the house and were found four houses down the street by a neighbor.

Phelts was taken to the Eastlake Police Department where she was booked on the charges and later released on bond.

The children were released to the care of a family member.