July 24, 2016

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Police: Medina mother left for work with children, 2 and 5, home alone

MEDINA — A Medina woman was arrested Wednesday after police said she left her two children home alone while she went to work.

Police said Vyasia Delaney, 23, of the 700 block of Miner Drive, was charged with two counts of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.

Delaney was taken into custody at Burger King, where she works, on North Court Street, shortly after police found her 2-year-old and 5-year-old children alone in the apartment.

“The mother said she left the children unattended around 7 a.m. to go to work,” Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said. “She also told our officers she had recently moved to Medina to get away from Children Services in Cuyahoga County.”

Police said the manager of the apartment complex called police when she was notified the children were playing in the halls of the apartments. One of the children was found standing on a chair looking out of a hallway window in the building.

The children had been left a pizza to eat, reports said. The 2-year-old was playing with a garbage bag over his head and the children had access to a knife.

The children were taken into protective custody by Medina County Job and Family Services.

Delaney was taken to Medina County Jail, where bond was set at $5,000 or 10 percent cash. She was scheduled for arraignment today in Medina Municipal Court.

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