Police: Grandmother charged for using 4-year-old grandson in crime

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Caron Simmons, arrested in Medina, accused of breaking and entering.

MEDINA –Bond has been set for a grandmother accused of using her 4-year-old grandson to break into Eli’s Restaurant on Medina Public Square.

The incident happened Sunday, June 15, around 2 a.m. Police say the restaurant’s front door window was broken out and surveillance video shows a woman entering through the back door and leaving with a child.

Caron Simmons, 50, of Chippewa Lake, Ohio was arrested on Friday. She is charged with breaking and entering, with additional charges expected.

Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said in a news release, “I am shocked and appalled. The child in the video is a 4-year-old grandson of the suspect,” said Chief Patrick Berarducci.

"I have directed our detectives to expand their investigation into the entire circumstances of this crime and potential charges of Child Endangerment against the grandmother and others.

I have personally notified the Director of Job and Family Services and asked for a full investigation of this family for the welfare of the child,” said Berarducci.

Simmons is currently being held at the Medina County Jail. She was in court this morning. Bond was set at $20,000.