A Springfield woman was arraigned by video Monday morning in Clark County Municipal Court who is accused of locking her 10-year-old son in the basement.
Sarah Sloan, 31, pleaded not guilty to child endangering, unlawful restraint and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. She was granted an own recognizance bond so she could be released from jail.
Officers were dispatched around 4:05 p.m. Friday to the 200 block of Greenmount Avenue for the report of a child locked in the basement of the residence, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
When police arrived, Sloan said that she locked her 10-year-old son in the basement to keep him safe so she could walk to the store.
“Sloan stated that she did not end up going to the store because she fell asleep as she had not slept the night before,” the affidavit said. “Sloan stated she did not know it was against the law to lock her son in the basement in an attempt to keep him safe from her mother who Sloan stated has custody of her son.”
Sloan told police she locks the basement door with a padlock to keep items from being taken from her.
“Sloan stated that her son was asleep downstairs and she did not want to wake him up so she could leave so she just locked the door so her belongings would be safe,” the affidavit said.
Officers also spoke with Sloan’s mother, the custodial parent, who said Sloan locked the child in the basement without permission and she was unable to open the door to check on the him due to the padlock, the affidavit said.
While officers were searching Sloan, they found “a short blue straw in her front sweatshirt pocket,” which Sloan said she used on a Xanax, the affidavit said.
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