Woman Identified in Case of Abandoned Children

UPDATE:

Woman Identified in Case Involving Abandoned Children

Tips from the public lead to the identification of the suspect in the case involving two children abandoned at the Harbor Light facility.  The suspect has been identified as Alisha Houston, age 31, of Cleveland.  A warrant for felony child endangering has been issued due to the children being left unattended and due to injuries of one child discovered during medical examination.

The children remain in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Alisha Houston is asked to contact the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630.

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UPDATE: Photo of Female Believed to Have Left 2 Young Children at Local Shelter

The Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit is currently investigating an incident involving Endangering Children. Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the mother of two children who were left alone on May 28, 2014.

On May 28, 2014, Third District officers responded to 1710 Prospect Avenue, the Salvation Army/Harbor Light, for two children left unattended. Upon arrival, it was learned that a black female, early 30’s, approximately 5’4”, 140 pounds, checked into the shelter at approximately 2:00 am with two very young children, they were provided a room. At approximately 9:00 am, workers responded to the room and found only the two children.

The children were transported to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for evaluation. Upon release, they will be placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Further investigation reveals that the name used by the female to check into the facility is possibly false. The reason for the female leaving the children is undetermined at this time.

Children: 1 year old black male and approximately 3 week old black female.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630, or 216-696-kids.

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Police Seek the Public’s Help in Locating Female Who Abandoned Two Children

The Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit is currently investigating an incident involving Endangering Children. Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the mother of two children who were left alone on May 28, 2014.

On May 28, 2014, Third District officers responded to 1710 Prospect Avenue, the Salvation Army/Harbor Light, for two children left unattended. Upon arrival, it was learned that a black female, early 30’s, approximately 5’4”, 140 pounds, checked into the shelter at approximately 2:00 am with two very young children, they were provided a room. At approximately 9:00 am, workers responded to the room and found only the two children.

The children were transported to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for evaluation. Upon release, they will be placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Further investigation reveals that the name used by the female to check into the facility is possibly false. The reason for the female leaving the children is undetermined at this time.

Children: 1 year old black male and approximately 3 week old black female.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630, or 216-696-kids.

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Public Safety Officials Address Violence Prevention and Call on Community Support for a Safe Summer

This afternoon, public safety officials Police Chief Calvin Williams, Fire Chief Patrick Kelly and EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton held a press conference to address recent incidents and what we can all do to have a safe summer.

Fire Chief Patrick Kelly stressed the importance of fire safety, including proper uses of outdoor grills, fire prevention programs and the Division’s proactive programs that offer free smoke detectors to those who cannot afford them.  Chief Kelly also highlighted some of the recent cases involving the Division of Fire, including a recent fatal accident along the coast of Lake Erie, stressing the importance of safe driving.

EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton spoke about safety and about trauma.  “Trauma begins at the  point of impact,” she said, but it does not end at the hospital.  Traumas from car accidents, shootings, stabbings, etc., have a long lasting effect on those hurt and, in extreme cases, on those left behind due to tragedy.  It is so important to practice good safety habits.  She stressed the importance of seatbelt use and the use of motorcycle helmets.

Chief Calvin Williams addressed overall safety and the importance of community involvement and personal responsibility:

Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be a family time; cookouts and picnics in the park. To our dismay, the summer of 2014 has gotten off to a violent start and this past weekend, we saw  homicides, shootings, stabbings and 2 fatal accidents. This must stop.

The individuals committing these heinous acts do not reflect the image of who a true Clevelander is. These criminals do not value human life. They are cruel and we in the Division of Police make it our priority to put them behind bars.

Through targeted partnerships and programs, including the Northern Ohio Law enforcement Task Force, the Violent Crimes Task Force, VGRIP, Gun Suppressions and Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, we are able to track crimes and work cases to bring criminals to justice. Through these efforts, we do see a reduction in violence and we take guns off of our streets. But it is not enough. We need to do more. As a community, we need to do more.

We ask you to join in the fight against these criminals.We ask you to get involved in YOUR community and YOUR neighborhood and call on law enforcement when you see something that just isn’t right. Take the initiative to teach OUR children the right way. We have the responsibility to teach the next generation the value of human life and the way to a brighter future.

By working together as one Cleveland family, as one group with the intention of making safety and security a first priority, we can have a safe and happy Summer, 2014.

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