Earl Harding

Springfield man arrested on weapons, child endangering charges

A couple was arrested on suspected child endangerment after Springfield Police found drugs and weapons within the reach of children in an apartment, according to a police report.

Police received a call Tuesday night from someone stating that Earl Harding, 41 and Tiana Hall, 28 were suspected of using drugs in an apartment with children present. The caller said they feared for the children’s safety, according to the report.

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Police arrived at the apartment where they encountered Harding at the front door, who previously had two warrants out for his arrest, according to the report.

Police immediately recognized Harding and he subsequently placed in police custody, according to the report.

Officers also found Hall in the living room with two small children, the report says. Hall told police that she did not live in the apartment and that she was just visiting, according to the report.

Police say that Hall had a key to the apartment, the report says.

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Police searched the apartment, locating a bag of marijuana, a loaded silver .357 caliber revolver, a semi-automatic Taurus 9mm handgun, a small plastic bag of a white rock-like substance, a black digital scale, a glass jar with an off white power substance, and $613.87, according to the report.

Harding appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to court records. He was charged with having weapons under disability and two counts of endangering children, the records show. He was also booked into the Clark County Jail because of his active warrants, according to the police report.

No charges were listed for Hall in court records as of Wednesday afternoon.

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