Canfield fireman charged with child endangering

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CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police arrested a Canfield fireman after he apparently drank alcohol, passed out and allowed his child to wander out of the house and into the street, according to a police report.

A police record shows that around 8 p.m. Friday, someone driving on Tippecanoe Road in Canfield called in to report a two-year-old walking in the street with his pants around his ankles. Police arrived on the scene, and soon after, the child’s mother arrived.

Police then went to the house of Neil Cornelius, also on Tippecanoe Road. Cornelius, who smelled like alcohol according to the report, initially said he had not seen his child since 3:30 or 4 p.m.

Cornelius, who works for the Canfield Fire Department, said in a written statement to police that he was under the influence of alcohol and that the last time he had seen his child was at 6 p.m.

Police arrested Cornelius and charged him with child endangering.

A call placed to a phone number for Cornelius listed on the police report was not answered.

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