STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A Struthers dad is once again facing child endangering charges after his 2-year-old son was found wandering around again.
According to a police report, officers were called about 11 a.m. Thursday to the 200 block of Sexton St. on reports of a child wandering outside alone.
When officers got there, they recognized the child from a March incident when the same thing happened. They noted the child’s diaper was full and that he needed a bath.
Officers went to the child’s home on Sexton Street Thursday and talked to his father, later identified as Cody Shields. They said Shields was in a “groggy” state.
Shields was arrested on child endangering charges and appeared before a judge Friday.
Officers contacted the boy’s mother, who came to pick him up.
Police said since this is the second child endangering charge involving Shields, they forwarded the report to the prosecutor’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the child’s mother as well.
On Friday, it was also Shields’ second time in front of Judge Dom Leone.
“And I just have a strong suspicion it’s probably the same reasoning, too,” Leone said. “You know, the first time was really bad.”
Back in March, police released photos taken inside Shields’ home on Sexton St., showing garbage, dog feces and drug paraphernalia all over the house. At the time, reports said Shields told officers he was too busy getting high and playing video games to keep an eye on the boy.
“I made a mistake the first time, your honor. I made a mistake,” Shields said during his arraignment. “It’s not like that now, and I’m clean.”
Shields told the judge he’s been working nights and was asleep when police knocked on his door Thursday.
“I don’t think that he has learned his lesson,” said Chief Tim Roddy.
Roddy says police are talking with the city prosecutor about the case and whether or not to pursue charges against the child’s mother for leaving him this way.
“We’re looking at a few things to kinda empathize, to the mother especially, that she needs to make sure that the child is taken care of a little bit better,” Roddy said.
For now, the judge ordered Shields to remain in drug counseling.
“But we’re gonna randomly drug test you,” Leone told Shields.
Shields is due back in court next month.