A prosecutor has declined to file an endangering children charge against a Norwalk teenager accused of theft who was baby-sitting a 2-year-old boy.
Aaliyah M. Warnke, 19, of 80 St. Mary’s St., Lot 12, initially was charged with theft and child endangering in connection with an incident late Saturday at the Norwalk High School homecoming dance.
After reviewing the report of the suspected offense, Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said his office determined Warnke shouldn’t be charged with child endangering because the boy wasn’t injured, it didn’t appear he “wasn’t being take care of” or that “Warnke created a substantial risk of harm” to the boy.
“The child was found in a parked car with three other individuals. … They were teenagers,” Christophel said. “The child appeared to be safe inside the vehicle.”
The Norwalk Police Department determined who the boy’s mother was and released him to his mother, who lives in Elyria.
Also charged with theft Saturday was Andriana K. Leach, 19, of 40A Corwin St. She also was arrested on a separate Huron County Juvenile Court warrant. According to the Huron County Jail, Leach was charged with contempt of court and must serve a 10-day sentence.
“They’re not students at Norwalk,” Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty said. “Somebody let them in.”
While he said the thefts were unfortunate, Doughty also said these types of situations can happen when there are so many people attending a dance.
The arrests took place at 11:15 p.m. after a school official called police about a theft complaint. Christophel said students who apparently were at the homecoming dance reported the theft of cash, a couple cell phones and some other personal property.
“I think there was a witness who saw part of the theft,” Christophel said and that person notified a school official.
Some of the stolen property was recovered.
“Nothing in the (police) report indicates there was any alcohol use,” the prosecutor added.
Although no officer was there for security purposes, Doughty said the pair “got caught and got arrested” after somebody reported seeing suspicious activity, which included seeing one of the suspects taking something from a purse.
“That’s pretty good security,” he added.
Warnke and Leach each must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond on their theft charges before they are released from custody.