Girard Police: Man charged after children found alone on busy street

Police say the children, ages five and six, were covered in dirt. One girl wasn't wearing shoes or a shirt

Jonathan Griffith, charged with endangering children in Girard.
GIRARD: Arrested July 3 - Jonathan Griffith, 33, charged with child endangerment (Photo is from an unrelated arrest in 2017)

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say two children covered in dirt, ages five and six, were left unsupervised in front of a Girard bank last week while there was heavy traffic nearby.

It happened on the evening of Monday, July 3.

The 5-year-old wasn’t wearing shoes or a shirt. The girls told police that their father allows them to walk away from home unsupervised.

Officers took the girls back to their home and were met by their father, 33-year-old Jonathan Griffith. He claimed he could watch the girls from the house, but there was no line of sight from the bank to his house, according to the police report.

Griffith seemed more concerned about where his dog went, since the dog was with the girls, than his children’s well-being, police said.

Griffith is facing child endangerment charges and his court date is scheduled for July 18.


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