October 26, 2014

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Grandson, 3, nearly walks into traffic

LODI — Police said a 52-year-old village man was arrested Friday morning after his 3-year-old grandson wandered out of the house and into a nearby intersection.

Michael Whisman

Michael Whisman, of 407 Wooster St., was charged with one count of child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Police said Whisman’s grandson was found at about 8:30 a.m. near Wooster and Prospect streets by a female neighbor.

Police Chief Keith Keough said the neighbor may have prevented a tragedy.

“The woman grabbed him while he was in the process of crossing the intersection,” he said. “He was lucky.”

The child had no jacket or shoes on, the chief said.

“He was pretty cold and just had a runny nose and red face,” Keough said. “The boy walked out an unsecured, rear door of the home and went about five houses down the street.

“We think he was outside for 30 to 45 minutes.”

Keough said Whisman appeared intoxicated when he was arrested and additional charges are possible. The chief said the boy was staying with Whisman while his mother was at work and she will not be charged.

Whisman was transported Friday by police to the Medina County Jail. His bond was set at $1,000.
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Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.