Three Bloomingburg residents were arrested and charged with Endangering Children on Tuesday evening, July 1st, following an investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Fayette County Children’s Services.
According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, deputies responded to a complaint of small children reportedly without adult supervision in the area Main Street in the Village of Bloomingburg. Upon arrival, deputies located a total of five children, ranging in age from 4-years-old to 12-years-old, without adult supervision. "The children identified themselves to deputies and provided their address, allowing deputies to transport them home", said Sheriff Stanforth. The deputies transported the children to a residence at 19 Wayne Street in Bloomingburg, meeting with a representative from Fayette County Children’s Services. The parents of the children were located and identified their children to deputies.
According to the report, deputies observed trash around the outside of the residence and also detected a foul odor. Further investigation led to a walkthrough of the residence at 19 Wayne Street by deputies and Fayette County Children’s Services where deputies reported discovering unsanitary conditions inside the residence. "Due to the conditions found at the residence at 19 Wayne Street and the children being permitted so far away from their homes without adult supervision, Fayette County Children’s Services found placement for the children pending further investigation in the matter", said Stanforth.
Arrested and charged with Endangering Children in the incident were:
· Erin Kingsland, Age 27, 19 Wayne Street, Bloomingburg, Ohio 43106 (5 counts)
· Julia L. Whited, Age 32, 19 Wayne Street, Bloomingburg, Ohio 43106 (3 counts)
· Devon Sanford, Age 33, 22 Lincoln Street, Bloomingburg, Ohio 43106 (3 counts)
Kingsland, Whited, and Sanford were transported to the Fayette County Jail and incarcerated pending their appearance before the Washington Court House Municipal Court.