A Warren mother is facing four counts of endangering children stemming from an incident that happened over the weekend.
“I’m going to get an attorney and I’m gonna fight it because I didn’t endanger my children,” the mother said.
Pleading not guilty to the charges in Warren Municipal Court Monday morning, Heather Hamrick says she’s heartbroken.
“This is not who I am. I am a good person. I love my children and I would do anything for them, I’m just trying to get back on my feet,” she said.
Hamrick was booked in jail and released on the charges after police were called to a home on Bennett Avenue this past Saturday, where she had been living with a friend. Her own children were the ones who called police.
“She tried to throw him down the stairs, ’cause he’s trying to kick her out. Yeah, because she was leaving us alone,” the children said.
According to police, one of the children told officers Hamrick had left the four of them home alone without adult supervision at 1:30 p.m. until the man came back about six hours later.
They also told police their mom didn’t come home until 9 p.m. and shortly after, the man and their mom started fighting.
“I was not gone since 1:30 p.m. I left at four o’clock. I had an interview at 4:30 p.m. at a bar which is where I had my beer and a shot and I stayed there and trained on a program, and I go home to deal with him telling me I couldn’t go back into my house,” Hamrick said.
Trumbull County Children Services Executive Director Tim Schaffner says the agency is seeing an increase in cases similar to this.
“We’re just seeing more and more. It’s rare now that drugs and alcohol aren’t involved in one of these cases,” he said.
Hamrick is due back in court on Oct. 4.
The judge ordered she not contact her children unless approved by Children Services.