Case Worker Resigns, Supervisor Suspended Over Perez Case
LORAIN, Ohio – A case worker has resigned and the worker’s supervisor has been placed on administrative leave after seven children were found living in deplorable conditions on Long Avenue.
According to a statement provided by the Lorain County Children Services, a review of the case work involving Erica Perez and her seven kids led to the resignation and suspension.
Last week authorities in Lorain shared images they snapped of the conditions inside of her home on Long Avenue. The conditions led to her seven children being taken from her.
A statement issued by Lorain County Children Services reads, “Lorain County Children Services clearly should have taken more definitive action in February 2012, especially since there have been multiple referrals to the agency.”
According to a police report filed from a July 5th incident, officers responded to a disturbance call on Long Avenue around 10:24 p.m.
Police found Perez allegedly intoxicated and screaming at a neighbor she believed had stolen her cell phone.
Neighbors told police, according to the report, that Perez had been drinking all day and that no one had stolen her cell phone.
It was later stated in the report that Perez is four-months pregnant
Officers walked Perez back to her home to speak to her and to calm her down, as she was continually swearing and screaming at neighbors.
The reporting officer stated that when he arrived at the home of Perez, “I opened the front door to the residence and was immediately overcome by the smell of garbage and filth.”
Officers found seven children in the home, ranging in age from 1 to 9.
“I immediately noticed that each child was completely filthy,” stated the reporting officer. “Their skin was dirty. Their hair was unkempt and their daily care had been obviously neglected for some time.”
The report goes on to state that the youngest child was wearing a diaper, brown in color, that had not been changed in some time.
Officers found furniture that was black with dirt and the home smelling of urine and garbage.
According to the report, urine soaked children’s clothing were found in piles all over the home.
Lorain County Children Services were contacted by police, and according to the report, when Perez found out she became enraged.
The report states she told her older daughters, “I don’t care if a man is beating you, don’t call the cops. They can’t be trusted.” She later stated to her daughters, “I don’t care if you’re being raped, don’t call the cops or 911. They can’t be trusted.”
Perez was placed under arrest by authorities on charges of endangering children, disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct by intoxication.
After being hand-cuffed Perez then urinated herself as she and officers stood in the front yard, according to the report.