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Springfield police investigate 3 child endangering cases over the last week

Springfield police have investigated at least three cases of alleged child endangerment since Friday, according to police reports.

1) 1 year old found alone near train tracks

The first case began when police were called to the 100 block of South Fountain Avenue in reference to a small child who was found alone.

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“The child appeared to be dirty and was wearing a full and dirty diaper,” the report says. “(The person who found the baby) advised that she was on Linden Ave. in the area of the railroad tracks when she saw a small child walking around the tracks. The child was by himself.”

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The person who found the child said she waited a few minutes to see if anyone would come looking for him but no one arrived, the report says.

Ashlie Lannom, 19, and Donald Lannom, 21, were charged with child endangerment in Clark County Municipal Court in the case, according to records.

2) Child left alone prompts police investigation

Police began a second investigation Sunday morning when they were called to the 800 block of Columbia Street in Springfield.

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“(A woman) stated that the 11-year-old child victim came over to her house stating that his mother told him to find someone to watch him for the evening,” the report says.

The mother allegedly told the boy that “I have to go do something,” and left, according to the police report.

Police said the boy told them this was the first time he had been left, the report says.

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“When I spoke with the child victim he stated he did not have a phone, he did not know any family member’s phone numbers and did not know where any of his relatives lived,” the report says.

The mother in the case has not been formally charged.

3) Springfield mom arrested after toddler found living in dirty home

Finally, police found a toddler living in a very dirty apartment on Monday, according to a report.

Daun Morrison, 24, was arrested on a charge of child endangering, according to a Springfield police report.

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Police began their investigation when they were called to an apartment on the 200 block of Shaffer Street for a welfare check, according to the police report.

“Before officers even entered the doorway, a strong odor of animal feces and urine could be smelled emanating from the apartment,” the report says. “As officers entered the apartment, the odor became stronger. Once at the top of the steps to the apartment, the officer’s boots began to stick to the floor as if some type of substance had been spilled a while ago and not cleaned up.”

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