Child#039;s journey lands mom in big trouble

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 29, 2005

PERRY TOWNSHIP - Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies have cited a Perry Township woman after her 6-year-old son was found at a neighbor's residence alone in the wee hours of the morning.

Melissa Weaver, 23, of 1173 Township Road 268, Ironton, was cited to appear in Lawrence County Municipal Court Friday.

This came after two women telephoned the sheriff's office early Sunday morning and said a child had showed up at their residence, asked to be fed and then fell asleep.

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Deputies Randy Rogers and Steve Cartmell investigated the incident and determined where the child lived. When they visited the Weaver home, they allegedly found that an aunt and an uncle at the residence did not know the child was gone.

"I asked (them) where the child was and they advised they (the children) were asleep in a back bedroom," Rogers reported. "I did check the room and found four children asleep."

The uncle told the deputies two of the children were his and two belonged to his brother and sister-in-law.

"I asked where (the missing child) was and they said he was asleep. I told them I had him and they advised he must have gone to church," Rogers stated in his report.

"I did advise it was 0100 hours (1 a.m.) and most churches were over."

According to the report, when Melissa Weaver arrived, she too, did not know the child had been missing from the residence.

Children's services were summoned but determined the child could stay in the residence.