Drunk baby-sitter, 17, found passed out with cold beer

Cary Ashby • Dec 25, 2012 at 12:19 AM

A local teenager reportedly left the two young boys she was baby-sitting to get some beer from a male subject Saturday.

Norwalk police officers said they found the 17-year-old Norwalk girl passed out in an Old State Road apartment with a partially full beer can on the kitchen table in front of her.

"It was still cold to the touch," Chief Dave Light said.

And just before 7 p.m. Sunday, the girl was back at the police station.

"She bit someone," Light said.

"She's a frequent flier. We've spent a lot of time with her in the last few weeks," the chief said. "I know she's got some problems up in Erie County, too."

Light didn't know details about the Erie County circumstances, but said children services was involved in the case.

The intoxicated baby-sitting situation was reported to police at 9:59 p.m. Saturday.

The girl, who "lives there in the complex," was baby-sitting two boys, ages 3 and 4, while their "mother had stepped out for a while," Light said. It's unknown if the girl cared for the children earlier.

When the boys went to sleep, the girl went to a male neighbor's apartment, "got into some alcohol" and returned to the apartment, the chief said. Light said a male subject reportedly gave some beer to the baby-sitter, but he hadn't been charged as of press time.

"The neighbor was home," Light said. "(The boys) were sleeping while she was gone."

After police received the complaint, officers responded and found the girl passed out at the kitchen table.

"There was a 24-ounce beer can in front of her, with about a third of if remaining," said Light, adding the girl "obviously" drank several beers before officers found her.

"They couldn't get her to wake up. ... The concern there is when you find someone like that, there (could be) alcohol poisoning," the chief said.

North Central EMS was called to the Old State Road apartment. Light said paramedics were able to wake up the girl and transported her to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The girl's blood-alcohol content level tested at .079 percent, Light said. For comparison's sake, the legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.

"She has a history of substance abuse," Light said.

The girl was released to a parent at Fisher-Titus. The children were turned over to a biological parent.

Police forwarded a report to Huron County Children Services, the Huron County Prosecutor's Office and Huron County Juvenile Court.

After the suspected biting situation Sunday, the girl was transported from the station to the Seneca County Youth Center. She was expected to appear for a juvenile court hearing today.

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