CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Child endangering: Desota Avenue

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At 11:25 p.m. Sept. 28, police responded to a report of an infant left alone in a home. Officers met with a woman who said her daughter left the woman’s 1-year-old granddaughter alone in the home. The woman said her daughter and a friend went to Cleveland in search of “drugs and men.”

When the daughter left the home, she left the side door unsecured. The woman went to look for her daughter but was unable to find her. She then returned to her daughter’s home to find the baby alone.

While at the house, police found four empty beer containers in close proximity to the baby’s crib. The unsecured door leads to a balcony that is about 4 feet above the ground and has no screens or glass to prohibit someone from climbing over the rail and entering the home.

Police cited the daughter for child endangering and reported the incident to Child and Family Services.

Domestic violence: Eddington Road

At 1:05 a.m. Sept. 29, someone called 911 from an Eddington Road home, then hung up. A second 911 call then came in and, on this one, dispatch could only hear the caller referencing someone being choked.

After hearing voices shouting on the street, officers found the home from where the calls had been made. At the home were a man, 32, and a woman, 33. The woman was shouting that the man had struck and strangled her.

An officer attempted to speak to the man, but he was confrontational. He refused to state his name and spoke profanities toward the officer. The man was told to sit on a couch as police spoke in the kitchen to the woman, but the man got up and walked toward the kitchen. He was told to sit back down, but refused to do so.

The officers was soon joined by more officers in trying to contain the man, who swung his arms in resistance. The man told police, “Don’t touch me,” said he didn’t call for help, and that officers should leave.

Eventually, after wrestling with officers on the couch and floor, the man was handcuffed and removed from the house.

The woman told police that she and the man argued about him being with another woman. As the argument progressed, the couple’s children entered the bedroom, and the man gestured as if he was going to hit one of them with a closed fist. The woman responded by pushing the man. The man struck the woman several times with a closed fist and then began to choke her. The man was on top of the woman on their bed as the children pleaded for him to stop.

When asked, the woman said she did not want to pursue charges, stating that she was planning to take her children and move back to Detroit. Police explained that they would be filing charges. Police charged the man with felony domestic violence, assault, endangering children and obstructing official business.

It was learned that the man’s record included numerous convictions, including one for felony domestic violence in Summit County.

Disorderly conduct: North Taylor Road

At 3:55 a.m. Sept. 26, police were dispatched to the area of North Taylor and Bayreuth roads on a report of a naked man yelling loudly while in the street.

As an officer arrived on the scene, he saw the naked man in the street, flailing his arms and yelling. The officer asked the man for his name and if he was all right. The man did not respond and, instead, began to walk away. The officer, suspecting the man suffered from mental illness or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, called for help and then followed the man.

When the officer asked the man what he was doing on the street, the man answered, “I made all this.” He then said something about being God. As more officers arrived, the man began to come to his senses and tried to get in the back of a police cruiser. He told police his name and said several times that he was sorry for his actions. When asked for his birthdate, the man gave a date that would make him 55 years old. He said he lived on North Taylor and that his clothes were nearby. The man then gathered his clothes and began to dress himself.

Police checked on the name and birthdate the man had given and could find no one in the system by the identity he gave. Police decided to take the man to the hospital and asked him to stay in the cruiser. The man, instead, tried to get out of the car. When told he was going to the hospital, the man became upset and acted belligerently.

Police handcuffed the man and took him to the hospital. While at the hospital, his cell phone rang several times. Calling was the man’s sister, who properly identified the man and said he was 45 year old. Police learned that the man had been drinking and charged him with disorderly conduct/intoxication.

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