YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown woman was arrested Saturday night after police said she left her three children home alone.
Jaylyn Coleman, 27, of West Midlothian Boulevard, is facing three counts of endangering children.
According to a police report, a woman took her three children to their father’s house, which he shares with Coleman and her three children, following a birthday party. She said when she arrived around 10:30 p.m., he was not home and did not her phone calls, but sent a text that he was in Cleveland for a family emergency.
The woman told police she could hear Coleman’s children inside the house and when she knocked on the door, Coleman’s 4-year-old daughter answered, the police report states. She said the 4-year-old and her 10-year-old autistic and partially blind sister were being watched by their 7-year-old sister.
The 7-year-old told officers she had been watching her sisters since Coleman made them breakfast that morning and then left for a funeral, the report states. She said she watched her sisters until 9 p.m. When Coleman returned with a pizza and some juice boxes and then left again.
The 7-year-old told officers she always babysits her sisters, the report states. When officers asked her what time Coleman came home, she said she did not know because they fell asleep before she came home. The child did not have a phone and did not know how to contact anyone in case of an emergency, officers noted in their report.
She told police her grandma lives in Cleveland, but she did not know her number. Police called Children’s Services to notify them of the situation and officers took temporary custody of the girls.
At 12:30 a.m., the officer said he heard a loud crash and commotion from inside the house and when he went inside, he saw the woman and Coleman rolling around on the floor fighting, according to the police report. Police separated the women and placed Coleman in handcuffs.
Coleman told officers she had gone to the store and when she came home, she discovered the woman had broken in. When officers told Coleman he had been at her house for nearly two hours with the woman and her children, she told them her brother was watching the children but he must have left, the report states.
She then said her brother, who lives in Euclid, was at the house and she left the children with him, but she could not explain why he would have left the children alone. She also claimed the father of the other woman’s children was watching the girls earlier when she went to the funeral but he must have been sleeping in the basement and that is why the girls did not see him for nearly 12 hours, the police report states.
However, the 7-year-old again told officers she had been watching her sisters all day and she did not mention either Coleman’s brother or the father of the other children being there. She also told the caseworker that she babysits her sisters alone all the time, according to the police report.
The father of the other woman’s children, who lives with Coleman, told police he was not in Cleveland but had been at a friend’s house in Youngstown all day and did not know that Coleman’s children were home alone.
The three girls were given to their maternal great aunt and CSB said they would follow up on the incident. Coleman was released on a personal recognizance bond and is due in Youngstown Municipal Court later this week for arraignment.