A Huron County sheriff's deputy discovered four children under the age of 6 at home by themselves Wednesday while the uncle reportedly was tracking down money to buy heroin.
Deputy Shannon Lyons went to a home in the 1100 block of Peru Olena Road to serve a civil paper about 12:30 p.m.
"A 6-year-old (boy) answered the door," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said. "(He said) 'My uncle is watching us, but he is not here right now."
The boy also said his uncle had gone to a grandmother's house. It's unknown whose grandmother it is.
After Lyons heard noises inside the house, the boy who answered the door said three other children were: Two 1-year-olds and a 3-year-old.
The deputy stayed at the home while the sheriff's office notified Huron County Children Services and the children's mother.
"About 20 minutes later, the uncle arrived back at home. Deputy Lyons questioned him. He gave a couple different stories (about why he was gone)," Patrick said.
"He was out trying to borrow money to buy heroin," the sheriff's spokesman added.
The sheriff's office forwarded a report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the consideration of filing child endangering and possession of drug paraphernalia charges against the 24-year-old uncle.
"The children's mother was reached at work," Patrick said. "The children were released to the mother."
Patrick said he didn't know about any earlier drug-related investigations about the Norwalk man, but he said deputies found suspected drug paraphernalia inside his vehicle Wednesday.
"There was one spoon with suspected heroin on it. The bottom of the pop can ... had suspected heroin on it," he said.